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VCU Magazine 

Volume 13, Number 1 
Spring 1984 

A publiLcition Kir [hv alumni niul ^l•lCIuls oi \ ii',u,inui CommonwtMltlT Unix'iTsity 

The great education debate 2 

While American public education is considered one of the most 
successful social experiments ever conducted, citizens are disenchanted 
with it. The dean of the university's School of Education analyzes the 
reasons whv. 

Behind the scenes on Capitol Hill 6 

A university graduate talks about her not-so-glamorous life as a 
Congressional press secretary. 

Uncovering the mystery of 1984 10 

Tired of all the rhetoric about Orwell's 19S4? Our own literarv sleuth 
takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the real meaning of the masterpiece. 

Fighting a winning battle 


The results of research on Crohn's disease by an MCV Campus physician 
has given new hope to manv of its victims. 

Ram Review 


A photographic review of the successes of this year's men's basketball 

University News 


Alumni Update 



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An Equal OpporlunityAffirmative Aclior Unn. 

Tlie great 
education debate 

education is 
one of the 
most suc- 
cessful social experiments ever 
conducted," says Dr. Charles 
Ruch, dean of VCU's School of 
Education. "We continue to 
manage a system that educates 
the greatest percentage of a 
nation's young population 
across most socio-economic 
barriers. Our system is still the 
envy of the world." 

If v^e are cognizant of con- 
cerns about education that have 
gained prominence in the head- 
lines, however, a natural ques- 
tion is whether the system is 
losing its enviable status. Ac- 
cording to Ruch, if our only 
source of information about 
education comes from a glance 
at the evening news or a brief 
review of the newspapers, we 
are likely to doubt the health of 
public education. "An annual 
Gallup poll, conducted each fall 
among parents with children in 
public schools, consistently 
shows that most parents are 
satisfied with the education their 
children receive. But they figure 
other schools must not be as 
adequate as those their children 
attend, since we're hearing so 
much about problems. Clearly, 
however, schools continue to 
meet most of the expectations 
we've always had for them." 
Ruch chooses to look at the 
status of education in perspec- 
tive. The nation, he points out. 

By Elaine Jones 

has only recently emerged from 
more than a decade of social 
upheaval, and it has not 
emerged unscathed. Simultane- 
ously America is in the middle of 
a period of great technological 
boom. Public education has been 
the one single institution called 
on most often to solve an array 
of social problems, and it cur- 
rently lags behind technological 
advances. As a result, there has 
been a feeling, says Ruch, that 
public education is not living up 
to our expectations; in general 

"We are finally en- 
gaged in a great na- 
tional debate which 
will do nothing but 
strengthen the educa- 
tional system." 

many citizens have become 
disenchanted with the system. 

Ruch says that we have lately 
been mired in an unproductive 
period of blaming public educa- 
tion for a host of social ills. But 
he believes many of us are 
beginning to temper these per- 
ceptions with an acknowledge- 
ment of public education's con- 
sistent level of performance 
under many social pressures. We 
are also beginning to realize, 
says Ruch, that there has been a 
general lack of consistency 
among legislators and parents as 
to precisely what the social 
problems are that our schools 

should be expected to solve. 
According to Ruch, we are 
moving out of a scapegoating 
phase and into honest, open 
discussion about education. "We 
are finally engaged in a great 
national debate which will do 
nothing but strengthen the 
educational system." 

Part of the debate has been 
focusing on today's technology 
which schools sooner or later 
will have to incorporate into 
their curriculums. Many educa- 
tors, including Ruch, are not 
worried, however, about how 
soon teachers will make compu- 
ters a routine fact of their daily 
lives. "Microcomputers are 
becoming financially feasible for 
most sectors of society, includ- 
ing public education. No one 
doubts that education needs to 
catch up in the technological 
race." Computers in the class- 
room will go a long way toward 
addressing one modern condi- 
tion of education: the incredible 
amount of information teachers 
have to teach. "With the compu- 
ter, we can make this informa- 
tion more accessible and eventu- 
ally ease some of the burden of 
simply organizing the day's 
learning activities." And to help 
young people enter the compu- 
ter age, high schools are uni- 
formly requiring their students 
to have at least one semester of 
computer training before receiv- 
ing their diplomas. 

Managing information in the 
classroom seems a problem with 
a viable remedy. But there are 
other, more complicated items 

on the agenda of the national 
debate, such as teacher salaries 
and teacher competency. "Two 
ideas have caught the public's 
imagination," says Ruch. "Those 
are merit-based raises for teach- 
ers and periodic competency 
tests. But these are smoke- 
screens that hide the real facts: 
Teachers' jobs are far more 
complex today than ever before; 
yet we still do not pay our teach- 
ers a livable wage." 

A major contributing factor to 

"Teachers' jobs are far 
more complex today 
than ever before; yet, 
we still do not pay our 
teachers a livable 

the complexity of a teacher's job, 
says Ruch, is the changed char- 
acter of America's young people. 
Ruch cites some of the condi- 
tions affecting today's youth 
which inevitably end up in the 
classroom, such as the profound 
influence of television, the 
increasing number of single 
parents and working couples, 
the public confusion about birth 
control, the heated concern over 
nuclear power, and the in- 
creased awareness of drug and 
alcohol abuse among adults as 
well as children. "Students are 
more sophisticated today. They 
are more aware of and affected 
by modern problems. They are 
also more confused and less 
goal-oriented." Yesterday's 
students, says Ruch, usually had 
clearer expectations of them- 
selves by the time they reached 
high school. For example, many 
who could afford it automatically 
opted for college. College was 
more affordable, and the degree 

tended to open more doors. As 
for those students who could not 
afford a college education, find- 
ing a job was the goal. Society 
did not provide many options 
for young people, and students 
held fairly consistent value 
systems. "A teacher's job was 
less complicated then," says 

"This hasn't been the case 
recently. Teachers face students 
who are getting mixed signals 
from their government, their 
parents, and their peers on just 
about any issue of concern to us, 
from legislation on drugs to 
nuclear controversy. Students 
seem to have more choices to 
make but less direction." 

According to Ruch, "The path 
of least resistance has been to 
blame the teacher for problems 
with today's youth. So plans, 
such as merit-based raises and 
competency tests, have been 
suggested out of a feeling that if 
our youth are in trouble, educa- 
tion must be responsible." 

Ruch believes merit-based 
raises will only open a political 
can of worms. "This plan does 
nothing to encourage teachers to 
improve themselves and strive 
for excellence. It only fosters an 
atmosphere of tension, as teach- 
ers fight one another for the 
coveted raises. As for compe- 
tency tests, unless we are willing 
to ask other professionals to 
retake exams in their fields as a 
step to check incompetence, I do 
not believe we can, in all fair- 
ness, require this of teachers." 

Ruch sees the great debate 
over education refocusing atten- 
tion on today's teaching profes- 
sion. As he points out, teachers 
have to be knowledgeable 
enough to handle the intangible 
qualities their students bring to 
school everyday; sensitive 
enough to distinguish between 
their authoritv and the rights of 
their students; flexible enough to 
handle federal and state regula- 
tions imposed on educaflon; 

skillful enough to meet such 
diverse conditions of the mod- 
ern classroom as mainstreaming, 
drug and alcohol abuse, and sex 
education; and shll possess 
enough stamina to teach well 
and to remain dedicated to the 
profession. Savs Ruch: "We will 
Anally be able to talk intelli- 
gently about raising the level of 
teacher salaries when we recog- 
nize that teaching is more than 
spending six hours a day in front 
of the classroom." 

One alternative worthy of 
attention is the development of a 
career ladder plan. "Schools 
need to be reorganized so teach- 
ers can increase their job respon- 
sibilities while remaining in the 
classroom," says Ruch. The only 
current route available to the 
teacher for increased income is 
promotion out of the classroom. 
"Career ladder plans afford a 
rationale for increased profes- 
sional responsibilities and ac- 
companying salary increases." 

Thus, Ruch maintains that 
money is the biggest single issue 
facing the public debators. "If 
you don't pay now for the qual- 
ity of educaflon you expect, 
you'll always pay later — usually 
in such programs as welfare and 
correcflons." Ruch calls on the 
public to be serious about devot- 
ing more resources to education, 
if the insfltution and its profes- 
sionals are to thrive. "If teachers 
have to continue to leave the 
classroom to increase their 
income, we will soon have very 
serious problems with teacher 
shortages and the state of public 

University schools of educa- 
tion began responding to mod- 
ern times long before anyone 
told them to and are very much 
a part of the great debate. VCU's 
School of Educaflon is enjoying a 
reputation as one of the flnest 
programs of educaflon training 
on the East Coast. 

The major area of growth in 
VCU's program has been in 
addressing the increased com- 
plexity of the teacher's job. A 
proposal to make computer 
literacy a requirement of educa- 
tion majors has now been ap- 
proved for fall 1984. The School 
of Education has also become 
one of the more demanding 
schools on campus, in keeping 
with a national trend among 
schools of education to prepare 
future teachers for the modern 
classroom. Students applying for 
education programs must now 
show a higher grade point aver- 
age over course work in the 
humanities and sciences than 
the standard 2.0 grade point 
requirement for admission to 
most majors. Currently, how- 
ever, the School of Education is 
among only 33 percent of educa- 
tion programs nationally which 
require education majors to 
maintain a 2.5 or better cumula- 
tive grade point average in their 
major as a prerequisite to grad- 
uation. Diagnostic reading and 
mathematics tests are now 
administered to potential educa- 
tion majors before the admis- 
sions process is complete. 

Improvements have also been 
made in the fundamental ap- 
proach to training teachers. A 
teacher preparation program 
includes three components: 
general university education, 
training in the discipline (the 
major), and clinical training. In 
addition to the more rigorous 
requirements of course work in 
general studies and the disci- 
pline, the clinical phase of train- 
ing, composed of field experi- 
ences, requires students to 
spend more time in school 
settings than ever before. Tradi- 
tionally education majors only 
needed to complete a portion of 
their final semester in student 
teaching. Now, however, the 
School of Education is among 

other schools nationally which 
have established a semester of 
practicum experience as a re- 
quirement students must satis- 
factorily complete before begin- 
ning a semester devoted only to 
directed student teaching. 
"The point about these 
changes," says Ruch, "is that we 
have been meeting the radical 
demands teachers must, them- 
selves, face when they begin 
their careers. Our focus has been 
on the third phase of a student's 
training — the clinical prepara- 
tion — which is the only phase 
delivered exclusively by the 
School of Education." Ruch goes 
on to point out that the other 
steps in the fundamental ap- 
proach — general education and 
training in the discipline — are 
mainly the responsibility of the 
university. Says Ruch: "We need 
potential majors who have been 

"This plan (merit-based 
raises) does nothing to 
encourage teachers to 
improve themselves 
and strive for excel- 

well-prepared by the university 
through their freshmen and 
sophomore years. Education 
majors have to complete the 
same general studies and the 
same core courses in their disci- 
plines as other majors, whether 
its French, health studies, or 

The school has taken steps to 
provide more extracurricular 
resources to its students once 
they complete education admis- 
sions requirements and begin 
their professional training. 
Several programs, in fact, are 
unique to VCU's School of Edu- 
cation. The Virginia Institute for 
Law and Citizenship Studies is 

now in its third year of operation 
and provides training in the 
justice system to student teach- 
ers and teachers in area school 
systems. These teachers are then 
able to incorporate a program of 
law learning activities and an 
awareness of the citizen's role in 
the justice system in their class- 
rooms. Montessori training is in 
its second year, providing a 
summer phase of academic 
studies and continuing with a 
fall and spring segment of practi- 
cum experience. Accredited by 
the American Montessori Soci- 
ety, the program is open to any 
student who is interested in the 
Montessori method and has 
completed or is nearing comple- 
tion of an undergraduate educa- 
tion degree. Graduate students 
also participate in the program. 

The school has also been 
successful in attracting faculty 
who are nationally known for 
their expertise in preparing 
reading teachers. Under their 
guidance, education students 
learn that the development of 
reading skills is a process oc- 
curring at all levels of learning. 
Reading faculty members are 
engaged in research on develop- 
mental reading and work with 
VCU incoming freshmen to help 
them enhance their reading and 
study skills. 

Ruch is equally proud of the 
new doctoral program in urban 
services, administered by the 
School of Education in coopera- 
tion with other schools on cam- 
pus. Graduate students can now 
come to VCU to pursue a Ph.D. 
in the interdisciplinary leader- 
ship training program. Another 
area of concentrated activity has 
been in the school's special 
education program, through its 
Division of Educational Services. 
Motivated by dramatic changes 
in state certification require- 
ments, the baccalaureate pro- 
gram in special education now 
offers students initial certifica- 

tion in one of four programs: 
behavior disorders, learning 
disabilities, mental retardation, 
and severe-profound handicaps. 

Related to the increased focus 
on special education is the new 
Rehabilitation Research and 
Training Center (RRTC) which 
has been implemented to study 
and enhance the competitive 
employment picture for mentally 
retarded citizens. With a recent 
grant of $451,366 and another $2 
million expected over the next 
five years, RRTC is one of only 
three centers in the United 
States devoted to research on 
mentally retarded persons and 
the only center whose major 
purpose is to find jobs for them. 
RRTC, to which students and 
professionals from many univer- 
sity departments are invited to 
conduct research, represents the 
largest single research activity in 
the School of Education. 

Of approximately $1.4 million 
the School of Education has been 
awarded for grant-funded re- 
search, other projects include 
applied studies in health educa- 
tion, teacher evaluation, drop- 
out prevention, marketing edu- 
cation, and rural education. "We 
are also closely involved in 
university inter-departmental 
research efforts, such as the 
Capital Writing Project with the 
English department and staff 
development projects on both 
the Academic and MCV Cam- 
puses," says Ruch. 

The changes in the School of 
Education, in short, have been 
sweeping and its curriculum is 
enjoying good health. The career 
outlook for education graduates 
has never been brighter. Follow- 
up studies of 1982 VCU educa- 
tion graduates indicate that 76 
percent found employment after 
graduation. Of that number, 
approximately two-thirds had 
sought teaching positions, and 
all had received at least one job 
offer. Though about a fourth 
declined offers to wait for a 

teaching job in a preferred loca- 
tion, several of that group chose 
employment outside public 
education. "Reported salary 

"All we are asking is 
that society pay its 
teachers enough to 
enjoy a comfortable 
living in return for the 
vital contribution they 
make to our children's 

differentials of at least $2,000 
continue to draw many of our 
talented graduates into the 
private sector," says Ruch. "The 
salary problem continues to 
highlight the serious nature of 
teacher shortages." 

Ruch notes that education 
continues to be an attractive 
career option for many students. 
But others turn away from the 
field when they examine their 
income needs. This is the area 
where the national debate can 
best direct its attention. "There 
will always be people who feel 
called to teach," says Ruch. "The 
desire to teach is profound. 
Those people want programs 
like ours, and we're in an excel- 
lent position to serve them." 

Ruch hopes better plans will 
be developed for increasing 
resources to education. "All 
we're really asking," says Ruch, 
"is that society pay its teachers 
enough to enjoy a comfortable 
living in return for the vital 
contribution they make to our 
children's lives." s 

Elaine lanes is a free-lance writer in the 
Richmond area. She holds a master's in 
English from the university. 

Behind tihe scenes on 

Capitol Hill 

By Terry Atkinson 

From May-November 1982 Terry 
Atkinson (B.S. mass communica- 
tions, 1981} served as press secretary 
for Norman Sisisky (B.S. business 
administration, 1949) during his 
successful Congressional campaign. 
She also worked as Sisisky's Washing- 
ton, D.C. press secretary until Sep- 
tember 1983 before being promoted to 
her current position as legislative 

In this article she recalls the often 
not-so-glamorous life of a Capitol Hill 
press secretary. 

t is now 6:30 in the morn- 
ing and I am already late. 
I About an hour late as a 
I matter of fact. The only 
wJ: blessing in going to work at 
this hour is that for once I can 
find a parking place right in 
front of the Longworth Building. 
It is small consolation for being 
up at this hour. 

By the time I get organized, 
the radio stations have already 
pretty much completed the 
morning news lineup. That 
means the larger urban stations 
will have to make changes in 
order to have the Congressman's 
voice over the airwaves. The 
smaller rural stations vary: some 
like to be called by 7 am, 
others don't even come in until 
10:30 am. In all, I have 25 radio 
stations to call this morning. I 
"feed" them actualities, which 
are short tapes of the Congress- 
man talking about an issue. 

Today, the subject is the pay- 
ment-in-kind program for agri- 

Actually, this is the part of my 
job I like best. Talking to the 
radio news people is great. They 
are direct and to the point; they 
are also interesting. It is proba- 
bly the best part of my week. 

At 8:30 am the Annex staff 
straggles in. It is great to be in a 
room completely separate from 
the main office. No one feels like 
walking over to check on you. 
We could all be asleep for all 
they know. Nothing here is 
perfect though. The worst thing 
is that the Congressman, whom 
you have to consult an average 
of 20 times a day, is 105 steps 
away. Running down the 
Longworth halls is my only form 
of exercise. It is more than 

Today the annex strategy is 
not working. The Congressman 
has just come to see me. He 
wants to do a press release on 
the peanut price support loan 
rate, and he wants it out today. 
"No problem," is the cheery 
phrase I hear coming from my 

Next comes the legislative 
director, telling me that the 
majority whip's office called 
looking for Democrats willing to 
speak on the floor tomorrow on 
the president's education bud- 
get. She wants me to write the 
piece and then alert the TV 
stations that the Congressman 
will be on C-Span, a cable sta- 
tion which covers Congress. 
"No problem," still a relatively 
civil response. 

Next comes the administrative 
assistant. He wants to know if I 
have finished putting together the 
newsletter articles. The newslet- 
ter is now three weeks overdue. 
I assure him that it will be done 
today. My "no problem" is 
beginning to sound a little 

It is almost a relief when at 
10 am I finally get a call from a 
member of the media. This is an 
easy one. One of the newspaper 
people who covers us in Wash- 
ington, D.C. wants the schedule 
for the week. Of course — it 
should be easy. There are two 
events on the schedule about 
which he needs more informa- 
tion. Two calls to the main office 
and I have the answers and call 
him back. 

By 11 am 1 can take the press 
release the Congressman wanted 
over to the main office. He signs 
off on it. Thank goodness — no 
retyping. I then trot down to the 
first floor and have a steno 
made. I then go back to the 
Annex where we have a mimeo 
machine hidden in the bath- 
room. This is my least favorite 
task in the world. Our mimeo 
machine is 20 years old and it 
hates me. After 30 minutes I 
emerge with 150 releases and 
covered with ink. 

Next I fold these, stuff them in 
the envelopes, and seal them. 
Luckily, an intern had just put 
press labels on ten sets of enve- 
lopes yesterday. Talk about 

The education speech is next. I 
have a lot of information on this 
because it's one of my pet areas. 
This is a breeze. By 1 pm I get it 
to the legislative director. She 
makes some changes and we run 
it by the Congressman. He likes 
it and we are set. I alert the six 
television stations which cover 
us in the district. Next, I call the 
newspapers that have D.C. 
reporters up here to cover us. 
Then I call the radio news 
networks that cover us. You 
learn early here that the Wash- 
ington Post and Associated Press 
are not going to pay any atten- 
tion to your boss unless he's 
involved in a scandal. 

It occurs to me that I also need 
to do a press release so that the 
weeklies will get the statement. 

Most of our weekly newspapers 
cannot afford the wire services 
like AP or UPI. This is getting 
old. The mimeo machine is 
spewing out ink like a fountain. 
This time I grab an intern to help 
fold and stuff. 

I now return the calls I held 
from the morning. One defense 
writer wants to know whether 
the money for the Portsmouth 
Naval Shipyard is still in the 
budget. Another weekly editor 
wants information on the Meat 
Packing Act for the Congress- 
man's visit this weekend. An- 
other reporter wants an inter- 
view with the Congressman. All 
of them want to know now. "No 
problem," I say, "I will be back 
to you this afternoon." 

After two trips to the main 
office, I have the appointment 
for the one reporter and call 
back to confirm. I also call the 
Congressional Research Office, 
which already has information 
on the Meat Packing Act pre- 
pared. They assure me they will 
have it to me this afternoon. The 
Armed Services Legislative Aide 
tells me that the money for the 
shipyard is still in the budget. I 
have him call the reporter and 
talk to him on background. That 
means he won't be quoted. Only 
I am allowed to talk on the 
Congressman's behalf. This is so 
he will know who to yell at 
when he reads his morning 

I am getting hungry. It is now 
3:15 pm. Lunch is long overdue. 
I run down and grab a chicken 
basket. Grease makes me calm. 

I am also in my sit-and-stare 
period, a block of time from 
3-6 pm where I desperately want 
an afternoon nap. This is as 
good a time as any to work on 
the newsletter. 1 hate newslet- 
ters. My problem is that I am 
trying to avoid the Congres- 
sional Newsletter Trap. This is 
the well-known rule that dictates 
that all newsletters be dry and 
boring and in blue ink. 

This newsletter will be differ- 
ent. It is in black ink with brown 
blocks of color. It also has lots of 
pictures. The layout is the only 
part I like. Content is the prob- 

I really only have one article 
left to write, a piece on the 
deficit. After thinking about it, I 
finally pull together something 
that seems to explain the prob- 
lem simply but without govern- 
ment lingo. You have to watch 
that up here. When you start 
using words that mean nothing 
you know that you have the 
Washington marble disease. 

I take the copy and layout 
over to the main office and make 
four copies. Newsletters are the 
only thing that everyone wants 
to make a couple of changes in, 
just to make them feel like they 
helped. What an incredible 
feeling of relief. 

The printer calls me. I had a 
couple of town meeting notices 
that I need to have to the mail- 
ing room by tomorrow. He says 
they have lost the copy and 
won't be able to get them done 
until they find it. I respectfully 
suggest to him that he walk over 
and get my copy of the card. He, 
being no fool, suggests that if I 
want them printed tonight, I 
should walk them over. This is a 
big fight because he is eight 
blocks away. I eventually give in 
because it is my head that will 
roll if the announcement for a 
town meeting reaches the town 
the week after the Congressman 

By the time I return it is 
6;30 pm. I now reach for my next 
favorite task. This is putting 
"Compliments of the Congress- 
man" labels on the bottom of 
calendars we are mailing out. 

This is the kind of no-thought 
project with which I love to end 
my day. I can only do this for an 
hour before I begin to put them 
on upside down. It is time to call 
it a day. 

Walking to my car, I begin to 
think about the other press 
secretaries I have met in the last 
two months. You know, there 
are no older press secretaries. 
Maybe they never woke up from 
their own afternoon naps, and at 
28 they just keeled over from the 

After the 30-minute drive back 
to Arlington, a friend of mine 
calls and invites me to an im- 
promptu party. The last thing I 
want to do is talk to people. All I 
want is to sit at home and kick 
my roommate's dog. "Here 
Scout. "S 

Photography by Chip Mitchell 


the mystery of 1984 

yj ^ Bv Paul Woody 

threw the magazine on my 
desk in disgust as soon as I 
saw the lead story was 
another dissertation on 
1984 and Big Brother. 

I'd read it all before. I knew 10 
million copies of George Or- 
well's book had been sold since 
it was published in 1949. And I 
knew at least 10 million words 
already had been written this 
year on how Big Brother really is 
watching us and what we 
should do about it. 

But when you've got the 
words "Literary Sleuth" painted 
on your door and your business 
is finding answers to questions 
tenured literature professors 
don't want to face, you learn not 
to believe everything you read. 
And after you've been in this 
business for a while, you learn 
not to be surprised at anything 
you hear. 

For instance . . . 

She was tall, slender, had long 
blonde hair, and was built like a 
brick library. She had the 
burned-out look of a graduate 
student about her. You know the 
type. Her eyes constantly jump- 
ing up and down from too many 
nights spent reading a line of 
Shakespeare and then glancing 
down at the footnote for an 
explanation, her hand cramped 
from writing small, legible com- 
ments in the margin of her 
Emerson Reader which remind her 
to compare and contrast that 
idea with one in Thoreau's 

You see her kind all the time 
selling used paperbacks on street 
corners around every major 

university in the country. 

She started to cry as soon as 
she sat down in my office. 

"Spare me the tears, dollface, 
and tell me what's on your 
mind," I said. "And remember, 
this isn't an essay exam, so keep 
it short and to the point. And it 
would help if it were in plain 

"It's my graduate advisor," 
she managed between sobs. 
"Ever since 1984 began, he's not 
been himself. In class, he con- 
stantly looks over his shoulder. 
When we take notes, he grabs 
the pens from our hands and 

By Paul Woody 

mutters, 'You're not going to 
give that to the Thought Police. 
Sometimes, he'll be on his way 
to class and overhear a freshman 
composition class discussing 
Newspeak and he'll run back to 
his office and lock himself in. He 
refuses to turn on the television 
and has even missed the last 
four episodes of Masterpiece 
Theatre. When we go out drink- 
ing after seminars, he screams 
and runs away whenever any- 
one orders a sloe gin fizz." 

I looked her straight in the 

"I knew at least 10 million words had already been written about what 
Orwell meant in 198'1. But when you're a literary sleuth, you learn not to 
believe everything you read." 


"What's that got to do with 
me?" I asked. "I've been known 
to steer clear of sloe gin drinkers 

She put her face in her hands 
and wept. 

"Don't you see?" she wailed. 
"He's obsessed by 2984, Big 
Brother, telescreens, and The 
Party. We've tried everything to 
convince him otherwise, but 
everytime we start to convince 
him war really isn't peace, an- 
other article appears saying, yes, 
war is peace, freedom is slavery, 
and ignorance is strength. 

"That's why I'm here. I've 
heard you're the best in the 
business. You're the guy who 
proved Chaucer really didn't 
mean to write the Canterbury 
Tales in Middle English; he was 
just dyslexic. You proved Whit- 
man's gardener really wrote 
"When Lilacs Last in the Door- 
yard Bloom'd." You're the one 
who discovered that the shift 
key on e. e. cummings' type- 
writer was broken and he never 
thought to have it fixed. 

"You're our last hope. You've 
got to prove George Orwell, pen 
name for Eric Blair, didn't mean 
all those awful things in 1984. 
Otherwise, a dozen of us are 
going to get incompletes this 

I picked up the phone. 

"Stella, hold my calls," I said. 
I didn't have a secretary and my 
phone had been disconnected 
ever since AT&T broke up. I 
couldn't figure out where to 
send mv payment. Then, I 
pulled the obligatory bottle out 
of my bottom desk drawer. Its 
contents were brown and looked 

"I've got to remember to wash 
these things before I put fresh 
water in them from now on," I 
thought to myself. 

Then, I lit into this feiiime 

"What?" I yelled. "You want 
me to go against more than three 
decades of intellectual thought? 
How could 1 show my face at the 
'Great Books' discussion groups 
then? Do you think I'd ever 
again be able to get my hands on 
a copy of The Nezv York Times 
Book Review if I did that? Name 
one Ph.D. program that would 
even consider my application, 
regardless of my GRE scores." 

Then, I let her cry her eyes out 
for a while. Ten years ago, when 
I was fresh out of graduate 
school and trying to establish 
my reputation as a literary gum- 
shoe, I might have taken this 
case. It did offer a challenge. But 
now? No way. I was too old for 
new challenges, and, anyway, 
challenges weren't the issue 
anymore. Economic consider- 
ations came first. 

She must have guessed that. 
Her shoulders stopped shaking 
and she composed herself. 

"I can't say I'm surprised," 
she said, dabbing the corner of 
her eye with a tissue. "However, 
perhaps I can persuade you to 
change your mind. I talked with 
my fellow graduate students and 
we managed to raise this." 

She dropped a pile of green on 
my desk. It was Romaine let- 

"How could they have 
known," I wondered, barely able 
to remain calm. A good-looking 
woman with a healthy stack of 
Romaine lettuce always had 
been one of my weaknesses. 

I slid the lettuce quickly into 
mv desk drawer. 

"Come back in a week," 1 said. 

She left and I turned my chair 
around, put my feet on the 
window sill and leaned back. 
The chair tipped over. 

When I came to, my head was 
throbbing, not so much from 
hitting the floor (the carpet 
wasn't that cheap), but from 
what I'd agreed to do. But, it 
was too late to back out. Besides, 

I had a fresh jar of Marie's Thou- 
sand Island dressing and some 
big plans for that lettuce. 

On a case such as this, you 
had to follow your instincts. The 
logical thing would seem to be 
scouring the stacks at the local 
academic library and perhaps 
even utilizing inter-library loan. 
But something told me the 
answer wasn't there. No, 1 
thought, if it were, some assist- 
ant professor up for tenure 
would have found it and pub- 
lished it years ago. 

No, on this case, you had to 
go where your literary doctors 
and learned commentators 
would never consider calling. 

The man I needed to see was 
Edsel the Pretzel. He dealt in 
twisted logic. 

I found him in his usual hang- 
out — the reading room of the 
public library. Not surprisingly, 
he was once again reading his 
well-worn copy of Alice in Won- 

"My regards to the Mad Hat- 
ter," I said. 

He didn't look up. 

"I need some information. I'm 
working on an antithesis to 1984. 
I remember you told me once 
that if I was ever feeling espe- 
cially bold, vou knew where 
some information to support 
that idea could be had." 

The Pretzel continued reading. 

"Even the phone company has 
begun to charge for informa- 
tion," he said. 

I sighed and slipped him a 
paid subscription form for Intel- 
lectual Digest. 

"You need to see Marian the 
Librarian," was all he said. 

I waited for more, but he just 
turned the page of his book. 

Then, I triecl to push his head 
down the rabbit hole with Alice. 
"Don't get crvptic with me, you 
little twerp," I whispered an- 
grily. "I don't have time to 
clecipher your analogues." 


"Shhhh," the librarian with 
her hair in a bun hissed at us. 

"That's really what everyone 
calls her," The Pretzel said when 
I let him up. "She used to be a 
librarian at some college and 
then she really did win a million 
dollars through the Publishers 
Clearinghouse sweepstakes. So, 
she left academe and opened a 
used book emporium and 
doughnut shop." 

"That's better," I said. 

"But there's one thing," he 
said. "Be careful. She's anti- 

Probably chose to take two 
extra classes instead of writing a 
master's thesis, I thought. 

"Hey," I said gravely, "so was 

1 paid a visit to Marian's place 
the next afternoon. It was dark 
in her basement store space and 
1 think my hand brushed against 
a cat. But it could have been an 
old, fuzzy doughnut, so 1 didn't 

I did ask her what she had 
cooking on 1984. 

"What exactly do you mean," 
she asked, nervously biting into 
a jelly doughnut. The powdered 
sugar gave her a mustache. 

1 told her as much as I could 
without revealing my client's 
identity. I told her 1 wanted to 
prove Orwell had long been 
misunderstood. I told her I'd 
heard she wouldn't be upset if a 
lot of intellectuals looked as if 
they were typing through their 
dunce caps when it came to 
interpreting 1984. 

She smiled, licked the white 
mustache off her upper lip, and 
reached under the counter. She 
pulled a thick, gray ledger out 
and looked at it lovingly. 

"One afternoon when I was 
leaving work, a strange little 
man came by with a wheelbar- 
row full of books that he wanted 
to sell. 1 looked through it and 
found this, Eric Blair's diary 
from 1948, the vear Orwell wrote 

'I told her I wanted to prove Orwell had long been misunderstood." 

1984," she said. "I can't say for 
certain it's the same Eric Blair we 
all know as George Orwell. But, 
I'd say a young man such as 
yourself, who isn't afraid to be 
brazen, who doesn't mind estab- 
lishing an obscure parallel, could 
make quite a case for some of 
the things in here. 

"Take this book. Sonny, and 
do what old Marian never had 
the nerve to try." 

You probably want to hear 
every juicy little item. Well, 
forget it. I see a big spread in 
Harper's coming out of this. I see 
a serial in The Atlantic. I see 
years without having to track 
down an overdue foreign lan- 
guage tape in order to make my 

But, I will tell you this. 1984 is 
not what everyone thinks. When 

Orwell wrote the book, he 
wanted it to be three books in 
one. Part one was to be a musi- 
cal, his version of West Side 
Story; part two was to be a 
reference guide for advice and 
etiquette — sort of a forerunner to 
Dear Abby, Ann Landers, and 
Miss Manners; and part three 
was intended to be a cookbook. 

It's all very obvious, really. 
Even in the worst times, Orwell 
had a song in his heart and he 
wanted to put some of them on 
paper. He was rolling along with 
such tunes as, "I Just Met a Girl 
Named Julia," and "There is 
Nothing Like a Prole," when he 
ran into a problem. 

He couldn't come up with 
lyrics for one of the pivotal 
songs, "You Say Eastasia, I say 


Eurasia, Let's Call the Whole 
War Off," so he was forced to 
shift gears. 

A letter he received from a 
WAC he'd met during the Span- 
ish Civil War gave him an idea. 
The letter read 

Dear Georgie, 

I have a big problem. There's this 
fellow at work that I'm absolutely 
mad about. But I don't know if he's 
even aware that I exist. I'm afraid 
he'll one day just disappear from 
my life as if he were vaporized and 
I'll never see him again. I'm not 
even sure of his name. It could be 
Smith or even Winston for all I 
know. Call me drowning in 


Orwell replied: 

Dear Drowning, 

I'm hardly an expert in matters of 
the heart, but here's what I think 
you should do. Concoct some 
situation that will put the two of 
you in close contact. For example, 
fall in front of him one day and 
begin to shriek in pain. That gets 
them every time. Then slip him a 
note that says, "I love you." If he 
responds, and I'm sure he will, test 
his true affection. For instance, have 
him take a half-hour train ride, walk 
two kilometers or so, turn left at the 
gate with the missing rail, and meet 
you under the tree with moss on it. 
Then, you be late for the meeting. If 
he waits, I think you'll find he 
wants more than just a big brother- 
little sister relationship. 

But Orwell realized how 
ridiculous too many letters and 
too much advice would get if 
carried to an extreme. So, he 
shifted gears again. 

The cookbook idea came to 
him one evening at a cocktail 
party. People were always ask- 
ing him for any good recipes 
he'd found while serving with 
the Indian Imperial Police in 

"Oh, yes," he'd reply. 
'There's this one stew in partic- 
ular. It's unlike anything you've 
had here. It's sort of pinkish- 

gray and I think the masses 
would find it pleasing." 

His first inclination was to just 
publish a book entitled, 1,984 
Burmese Recipes. But he came up 
1,980 recipes short. He was 
taken with the title though, and 
resolved to use the recipes and 
1984 somewhere. 

So, there you have it. Quit 
worrying. Stop checking your 
lamps for microphones every 
time you come in from the 
grocery store. When you pay by 
check, don't get suspicious if the 
clerk wants your fingerprints. 
There's nothing to it. 

I think this is going to make 
my client very happy. She may 
even want to share a tossed 
salad with me. After all, man 
doesn't live on intellectual 
thought alone. 5> 

Paul Woody (B.A. English, 1975: M.A., 
1982) IS a former editor o/ VCU Magazine. 
He (s now a sports writer with the Rich- 
mond News Leader. 

Illustration by Scott Wright 

"After all, man doesn't live on 
intellectual thought alone." 


a winning battle 

V^^ Bv Sus 

Twelve-year-old Tracey Ruder was 
too tired to eat. She often spent 
her lunch period in the school 
cafeteria with her head on the 
table, resting for her afternoon 
classes. Swim practice after school 
became impossible without a nap, 
and Tracey noticed she was losing 

Tracey's doctor said her recur- 
rent colds were caused by sinus 
problems and there was nothing 
physically wrong with her. Then 
the diarrhea started. Stomach 
cramps that Tracey had previously 
experienced, but had not consid- 
ered a problem, became worse. 
Tracey was admitted to a local 
hospital for tests where Crohn's 
disease was finally diagnosed. 

Crohn's disease, an inflamma- 
tory bowel disease which affects 
between 500,000 and 2 million 
persons in the United States, 
usually attacks adolescents be- 
tween the ages of ten and 20 with 
devastating results. The chronic 
inflammation of the bowel causes 
diarrhea, abdominal pain, poor 
appetite, fatigue, and weight loss. 
In addition the bowel wall be- 
comes thicker as the bowel nar- 
rows, making the passage of food 
difficult and painful. These bowel 
strictures lead to malnutrition, 
growth retardahon, and chronic 
pain. If a section of bowel be- 
comes too constricted or com- 
pletely blocked, that section must 
be surgically removed. 

There is no known cause of 
Crohn's disease, no cure, and an 
alarming tendency for the bowel 
inflammation and strictures to 
recur, even after surgery. Persons 
with Crohn's disease may notice 

symptoms gradually, as in Tra- 
cey's case, or may become sud- 
denly ill. Other areas of the body 
which also can be affected include 
the liver, joints, and skin. Inflam- 
mation in these areas may cause 
hepatitis, arthritis, and pyoderma 
gangrenosum, a painful ulcerous 
skin disease. 

Until the cause of Crohn's 
disease can be identified, treat- 
ment is limited to medications to 
decrease inflammation, diet regu- 
lation, and sometimes repeated 
surgeries. Tracey Ruder made it 
through seventh and eighth 
grades without too many compli- 
cations by following a strict diet 
and taking corticosteroid medica- 
tion. Her face was often puffy, a 

side effect of the drug therapy, 
and her knee periodically filled 
with fluid, which made athletic 
activity difficult. 

But in ninth grade Tracey's 
stomach cramps became severe. 
She was referred to the Medical 
College of Virginia Hospitals 
where a bowel stricture and 
abscess in her abdomen were 
diagnosed. After two weeks of 
intensive antibiotic and nutri- 
tional therapy, physicians recom- 
mended that the narrowed and 
inflamed portion of her bowel be 
removed. Tracey was facing major 
abdominal surgery and the possi- 
bility of a temporary ileostomy, a 
drainage tube from the normal 
small intestine into a collection 
bag worn around her waist. One 


of Tracey's physicians at MCV 
Hospitals was Dr. Martin Gra- 
ham, assistant professor of pedi- 
atrics at the university. 

Graham, a pediatric gastroen- 
terologist at the Children's Medi- 
cal Center, has been studying the 
kind of scar tissue that accumu- 
lates in the bowel wall in Crohn's 
disease. An understanding of this 
scarring process could lead to 
preventive therapies that would 
save young adolescents like Tra- 
cey from the prospect of repeated 
hospitalizations and surgery. 
Statistics show that 85 to 100 
percent of Crohn's disease victims 
who have had strictures surgically 
removed will form new ones. 
With a two-year grant from the 
National Foundation for Ileitis 
and Colitis, Graham has been 
collecting and studying scar tissue 
from surgically resected pieces of 
bowel. His main focus has been 
on collagen, the protein that gives 
strength to connective tissue and 
is the primary substance in scar 

Normally collagen is produced 
by specialized tissue cells called 
fibroblasts. When the body is 
wounded, fibroblasts in the 
wounded area produce collagen 
to help form a scar. Graham has 
found that the scar tissue in the 
bowel wall in Crohn's disease 
contains increased proportions of 
a kind of collagen made by 
smooth muscle cells and not by 
fibroblasts. He also has noted 
there is an increased number of 
smooth muscle cells in bowel 
sections narrowed by Crohn's 
disease, and there is a relative 
absence of fibroblasts. All of these 
observations seem to indicate 
chronic inflammation in the bowel 
stimulates smooth muscle in the 
bowel wall to thicken and pro- 
duce more of a different type of 
collagen. The thickening of the 
smooth muscle and the accumula- 
tion of collagen then cause the 
bowel to become rigid, narrowed, 
and eventually completely ob- 

With the help of Dr. Robert R. 
Diegelmann, a biochemist in the 
Department of Surgery on the 
MCV Campus, and Dr. Charles 
Elson, a gastroenterologist in the 
Department of Medicine, Graham 
has developed a new technique to 
isolate smooth muscle cells from 
human bowel tissue and culture 
the cells in the laboratory. Gra- 
ham first will determine what 
kind of collagen is produced 
normally by smooth muscle cells 
in the bowel. He will then investi- 
gate what happens to collagen 
production when different inflam- 
matory factors are added to the 
culture. Once the mechanism of 
stricture formation is understood, 
Graham believes a chemical inhib- 
itor could be found to prevent or 
control the process. He hopes to 
continue his work on Crohn's 
disease with an extension of his 
grant from the NFIC or with a 
new grant from the National 
Institutes of Health. 

With the benefits of ongoing 
research, patients like Tracey, 
who left MCV Hospitals in 
March, will continue to have high 
hopes. "My friend, who also has 
Crohn's disease, had surgery two 
years ago and she's doing really 
well," Tracey said when she left 
the hospital. "1 hope 1 do, too. I'll 
be able to eat what I want, go 
back to school, and most of all I'm 
looking forward to horseback 
riding. I haven't been able to ride 
my horse for almost a vear." 

Tracey, now 14, was able to go 
home ten days after her surgerv. 
She is attending school, takes no 
medication for Crohn's disease, 
and best of all, she says, "I'm 
riding again!". S 

Susan Green is an information officer 
with the university's Office of hifor- 
mation Services. 

Photography by Chip Mitchell 




A second-round loss to 
powerful Syracuse in the 
National Collegiate Athletic 
Association (NCAA) Tour- 
nament did not tarnish 
another successful basket- 
ball season. With a 23-7 
record, the university ex- 
tended its streak of consecu- 
tive winning seasons to 16. 
Along with earning its 
fourth trip to the NCAA 
tournament, the Rams 
claimed the regular season 
Sun Belt Conference cham- 

Universib/ News 

in technology 

Like many 19-year-olds, Robbie 
Brooks is excited and nervous about 
beginning his new job. "I've always 
wanted to work on my own. I want 
to tell people I can do it," he says. 

VCU has given Brooks that 
chance. In cooperation with the 
Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center, 
VCU's School of Education has de- 
veloped a vocational training pro- 
gram to aid the severely handi- 
capped in finding jobs. Brooks is 
the first person to go through the 
program and the first to begin an 

Funded by a grant from the U.S. 
Department of Education, VCU's 
Vocations In Technology (VIT) Pro- 
gram works to train the severely 
handicapped and place them in vol- 
unteer job training externships in 
the Richmond area. 

"To date, the severely handi- 
capped face an unemployment rate 
of 60 percent. Finding jobs for them 
is hard," said Wendy Pietruski, pro- 
ject coordinator for the VIT project. 

Through VIT, realistic employ- 
ment opportunities in the local 
community are identified, training 
is developed for these positions, 
and on-site work experience 
through volunteer externships is 
provided. After Brooks has com- 
pleted his externship, VIT will as- 
sist him in finding a job. 

In order to identify possible jobs, 
VIT staff members went into the 
community and visited businesses 
to find out where jobs were needed. 
"We then purchased equipment 
and began training by simulating 
the job Robbie would be doing," 
Pietruski said. 

Vn 's focus is on high technology 
vocational skills. These include us- 
ing microcomputers, microfiche 
readers, and electronic calculators. 

"The severely handicapped have 
difficulty using office equipment 
where speed is essential. We em- 
phasize training for jobs which use 
the computer as a tool for informa- 
tion retrieval. This involves enter- 
ing small amounts of code and then 
updating or changing information 
already stored in the computer," 
Pietruski said. 

After the training period, which 
lasted five-and-a-half months. 
Brooks was placed in an externship 
at a local bank which used the skills 
he acquired. A trainer assisted him 
in adjusting to the job. During 
Brooks' externship, he used a mini- 
computer to merge rejected bank 
transactions into the main compu- 

VIT is currently working with 18 
students ranging in age from 14 to 
21 years. Dr. Paul Wehman, a VCU 
associate professor of special educa- 
tion, is VIT's project director. In 
addition to Wehman and Pietruski, 
the project is staffed by two full- 
time workers at the Cerebral Palsy 
Center and a graduate student who 
works on the project part-time. 

With the help and support of lo- 
cal businesses, VIT hopes to train 
and place severely handicapped 
students throughout the Richmond 
community. As Brooks says, "This 
is the beginning." 

Terrace concerts 

CSX Corporation has donated 
$50,000 to sponsor the 1984-85 Ter- 
race Concert series of the John F. 
Kennedy Center for the Performing 
Arts in Washington, D.C., and 
VCU's School of the Arts. 

Beginning in October 1984, the 
Kennedy Center and VCU's De- 
partment of Music will co-produce a 
series of eight chamber music con- 
certs to be performed both in Wash- 
ington, D.C. and Richmond. The 

Richmond-based CSX Corporation 
will totally support the Richmond 

The Terrace Concert series in 
Richmond marks the first time the 
Kennedy Center has entered into a 
partnership with a college or uni- 

Hays T Watkins, chairman and 
chief executive officer of CSX, said, 
"I am proud that our community 
will have this unique opportunity 
to enjoy this significant series of 
chamber performances. VCU's Per- 
forming Arts Center is known for 
its remarkable acoustics, and I am 
certain that the audiences will be 
well rewarded. CSX is, of course, 
committed to the arts, and we feel 
that this arrangement between 
VCU and the Kennedy Center will 
bring a great deal of enjoyment to 

The Terrace Concert series will 
include several of the United States' 
finest chamber music performers. 
The Richmond series will include 
The Guarneri String Quartet, Octo- 
ber 14; Leonard Rose, November 
14; Trio Ludwig, with Lory 
Wallfisch, February 3; The Branden- 
burg Ensemble, February 20; The 
American Brass Quintet, March 10; 
Claudine Carlson, April 1; Young 
Uck Kim, May 1; and Lucy Shelton, 
May 5. 

A brochure, tickets and reserva- 
tions may be obtained by contacting 
VCU's Department of Music at (804) 
257-6046 or (804) 257-1166. 


University News 

Exploring careers 
by computer 

Virginia VIEW, a computerized sys- 
tem providing national, state, and 
local information to individuals ex- 
ploring careers or searching for 
jobs, is now available in the univer- 
sity's Career Planning Resource 

Virginia VIEW is an acronym for 
Vital Information for Education and 
Work. It includes both a microcom- 
puter-based career search process 
and various microfiche files on oc- 
cupations and educational oppor- 

The microcomputer version of 
the search feature allows individ- 
uals to obtain their VIEW profile in 
one-half the time the previous pa- 
per-and-pencil version took to pro- 
vide this information. The finished 
product is a printout of suggested 
occupations for further exploration. 

VCU obtained the microcompu- 
ter through a grant from the Vir- 
ginia Vocational Guidance Project 
which is housed at Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute and State Univer- 

Virginia VIEW is available by ap- 
pointment only from 10 am-8 pm, 
Mondav through Thursday, and 
from 10 am-4:30 pm on Friday. 
Summer hours are 10 am-4:30 pm 
on weekdays. 

To schedule an appointment or 
obtain further information on the 
system, contact the center at 257- 

in success 

The age of specialization, no longer 
an abstract concept, is here to stay. 

In today's highlv technological 
world, however, some people are 
stronger candidates than others in 
qualifying as specialists. A question 
frequently asked by organizations 
and institutions is how to measure 
the strengths of the specialist apply- 
ing for a position. 

Nursing schools, like many insti- 
tutions that train the new specialist, 
are particularly concerned that per- 
sonnel have the ability to keep 

up with rapidly changing medical 

According to Drs. Jeanette Kis- 
singer and Barbara Munjas, profes- 
sors at VCU's School of Nursing, 
"Nursing educators have known 
there are students who 'just don't 
have it,' or 'don't understand the 
nursing process.' " They acknowl- 
edge that "up until now there were 
very few ways to identify those 
qualities which the student might 
lack, nor agreement about what 
personal attributes contribute to 
student success in understanding 
and using the nursing process." But 
now they think a way has been 
found to measure the qualities 

Kissinger and Munjas explain in a 
current research paper that a recent 
longitudinal study conducted by 
the Southern Regional Education 
Board (SREB) focused on the mea- 
surement procedure. Results indi- 
cate that three short tests, in addi- 
tion to SAT scores, can help 
admission committees identify stu- 
dents who have the potential to 
successfully complete a nursing 

The tests measure verbal ability, 
vocabulary knowledge, convergent 
thinking ability (i.e., the ability to 
arrive at one correct answer from 
multiple options), and field inde- 
pendent perceptual style (a 
measure of problem-solving capa- 
bilities). The study determined that 
these skills, out of a range of addi- 
tional data tested, were the best 
predictors of success. 

Both Kissinger and Munjas are 
confident that the test used in the 
SREB study, which takes only 26 
minutes to complete, will be of 
value to their incoming upper-divi- 
sion students. They anticipate this 
will help the admissions procedure 
in determining those students who 
have the potential to successfully 
complete the university's nursing 

A matter of fat 

A program to correct childhood 
obesity, piloted in Chesterfield 
County by Dr. Stephen E. Stone, 
assistant professor of health and 
physical education, won national 
recognition from the U.S. Depart- 

ment of Health and Human Ser- 

The 12-week study, combining 
vigorous dailv exercise with nutri- 
tion education for selected students 
at ]. B. Watkins, Reams Road, and 
Gordon Elementary Schools re- 
sulted in dramatic weight losses, 
improved heart function and over- 
all fitness, and improved self-image 
for virtuallv all participants. 

Health and Human Services Sec- 
retary Margaret Heckler noted, "Pi- 
oneering local efforts to improve 
the nation's health and the quality 
of life are essential if we are to attain 
our national goals. Since meaning- 
ful change in our society is ulti- 
mately dependent on community 
commitment, 1 am honored to ac- 
knowledge these most outstanding 
community health promotion pro- 
grams." Stone was one of 126 recipi- 
ents throughout the United States 
to receive an award of merit. 

Dr. Stone's study addressed the 
following concerns: (1) obesity af- 
fects at least 20 percent of all chil- 
dren and carries high risk of social 
problems, emotional distress, and 
medical disorders; and (2) 80 per- 
cent of obese children become 
obese adults and will be at risk for 
diabetes, high blood pressure, gall 
bladder disease, degenerative joint 
diseases, and some types of cancer. 
The studv, "Exercise/Eat Right 
Todav," was nicknamed "E.T." "Ini- 
tially, there was a concern that sin- 
gling out overweight children for 
the "E.T." program would increase 
their burden of difficulties," said 
Stone. "But within a few days other 
children in the school were asking if 
the\' could be in the program, too." 
Stone said the study has been a 
rewarding experience. "It is really 
gratifying to talk to parents who are 
so happy for their children and see- 
ing their lives so improved. Many 
families have also been re-educated 
about nutrition by their children, 
which has been another surprising 
result of the program." 

The Virginia Department of 
Health is sponsoring the program 
through 1985, during which time 
"E.T." will expand to all 2b Chester- 
field County elementar\- schools. 


University News 

Making nurses 
better managers 

VCU has been selected as one of 
only three universities nationwide 
to implement an educational pro- 
gram aimed at improving manage- 
ment skills of nurses with executive 

Dr. Barbara Mark, director of 
VCU's graduate program in nursing 
administration on the Medical Col- 
lege of Virginia Campus, will imple- 
ment the program. The other two 
institutions chosen are the Univer- 
sity of Iowa and Boston University. 
Each program is supported by a 
$200,000 four-year grant from the 
Commonwealth Fund, based in 
New York City. 

Approximately 20 nursing ad- 
ministrators nominated from teach- 
ing hospitals across the United 
States will attend the nurse leader- 
ship program on the MCV Campus 
from May 21 through August 10. 
The program will consist of a vari- 
ety of seminars, workshops, field 
trips, practicum experiences, group 
discussions, and rigorous academic 
work with significant participation 
from the School of Nursing, the 
MCV Hospitals' administrative 
staff, the School of Business, and 
the graduate program in health ad- 

The Commonwealth Fund, 
which is dedicated to meeting socie- 
ty's long-term health care needs, 
established this program because of 
the prospect of decreased funding 
and resources for teaching hospitals 
in the future. Changes in competi- 
tion, reimbursement, and hospital 
patient censuses may affect future 
planning and decisions made by 
administrators in teaching hospi- 
tals. Numerous surveys and reports 
have shown that there is a need for 
input from nurses at the adminis- 
trative level to help teaching hospi- 
tals fulfill their responsibilities and 
remain financially sound. 

Teaching teachers 

In a conference room in the base- 
ment of Richmond's Main Public 
Library, Joe O'Brien's topics for dis- 
cussion stimulate his students to 
exchange ideas and thoughts about 
the legal system and how it func- 

O'Brien's class for Richmond's 
Open High School students on 
"Rights and Responsibilities" is one 
of many law-related education 
(LRE) classes now being taught in 
state schools at all levels. He is di- 
rector of the Virginia Institute for 
Law and Citizenship Studies that is 
housed in VCU's School of Educa- 

"I've seen a noticeable change in 
their attitudes since the course be- 
gan," O'Brien said. 

These students, who often used 
to be concerned only with them- 
selves, are finding out through their 
coursework that their actions also 
affect other people. 

A two-year study conducted by 
the Center for Action Research and 
the Social Science Education Con- 
sortium in Boulder, Colorado, con- 
cluded that LRE can be a deterrent 
to juvenile delinquency. O'Brien 
feels that LRE will also help stu- 
dents develop a more positive atti- 
tude about their communities, as 
well as make them aware of their 
rights as citizens. 

The program provides educators 
with training and curriculum devel- 
opment services in LRE. "Our pri- 
mary goal is to teach teachers about 
the law so that they can teach the 
students," O'Brien said. 

The institute assists school sys- 
tems in making programmatic 
changes relating to LRE and to im- 
proving their capability of prevent- 
ing delinquency. Through a quar- 
terly newsletter, the institute has 

established a statewide LRE infor- 
mation service. A resource materi- 
als clearinghouse provides teacher 
training programs, and a resource 
person network composed of legal, 
professional, and community ser- 
vice individuals is available to aid 
teachers in instructing students 
about the law. 

Persons interested in utilizing the 
institute's teacher-education ser- 
vices should contact O'Brien at 
VCU's School of Education, Oliver 
Hall, 1015 West Main Street, Rich- 
mond, VA 23284-0001, or call (804) 


The university's Department of 
Communication Arts and Design 
has received two awards for typo- 
graphical excellence in the design of 
its information book on graduate 
programs in communications de- 

The American Institute of 
Graphic Design, which chose 
VCU's book for its creativity and 
originality, will publish it in its an- 
nual edition of "Creativity 13." The 
New York Art Directors Club also 
chose the book from 3,500 other 
entries for typographical excel- 
lence. The club will print it in its 
annual report, "Graphic Design 
U.S.A. #4." 

The book was designed by VCU 


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faculty members Meredith Davis 
and Robert Meganck. It provides 
information for new students enter- 
ing the master of fine arts in design 
program at VCU. The book was 
noted in both competitions for its 
unique typography and design. 
The type is varied in size and den- 
sity, providing an interesting con- 
trast on each page. The book also 
contains several photographs taken 
from projects done by communica- 
tion arts and design students. 


For his studies of hepatitis, rubella, 
and measles which culminated in 
the development of the hepatitis B 
vaccine, Saul Krugman (M.D., 
1939) has received a 1983 Albert 
Lasker Public Service Award. 

Krugman, professor of pediatrics 
at New York University, received 
the award presented by the Albert 
and Mary Lasker Foundation in the 
fall. The Honorable Lowell P. 
Weicker, Jr., was keynote speaker, 
and Dr. Michael E. DeBakey served 
as chairman of the awards jury. 

In the early 1950s Krugman and 
his associates set out to combat in- 
fectious diseases in children. He 
discovered in 1960 that children 
could be protected against measles 
through the use of a live attenuated 
virus vaccine. In 1969 he confirmed 
the effectiveness of the first vaccine 
in fighting rubella. Rubella is now 
virtually unknown in this country, 
and measles is a medical rarity since 
95 percent of U.S. children are vac- 
cinated against it. 

Krugman's most far-reaching 
achievement, however, involves vi- 
ral hepatitis. He has proven that 
infectious (type A) hepatitis and the 
more serious serum (type B) hepati- 
tis were caused by two immunolog- 
ically distinct viruses. He also dis- 
covered that heat-treated serum 
from a chronic carrier of hepatitis B 
could bring out protective antibod- 
ies in persons susceptible to the 
, disease without actually causing 
the disease. His discovery provided 
a basis for the development of vari- 
ous hepatitis B vaccines now li- 
censed for use throughout the 


The university is one of three insti- 
tutions to establish a Professional 
Development and Dissemination 
(PRODD) Program to promote bet- 
ter training for health and educa- 
tion professionals who work with 
disabled youngsters. 

The other programs will be lo- 
cated at California State University 
in Fresno and Northern Illinois Uni- 
versity in DeKalb. 

The purpose of the program, 
which began October 1, is to work 
with disabled youngsters, their par- 
ents, and educational institutions to 
revise existing training programs 
for health and education profes- 
sionals. Teacher educators, special 
education personnel, and allied 
health practitioners will work to- 
gether to analyze and develop 
model programs for all profession- 
als serving youngsters with special 
needs. Such youngsters range from 
nursery school age to high school 

Dr. Thomas Barker, dean of the 
School of Allied Health Professions, 
and Dr. Charles Ruch, dean of the 
School of Education, will direct the 

To support this project, VCU will 
receive $18,000 in federal funds for 
each of the next three years. 

drunken driving 

Prom night is not the only time of 
year when teenagers party, drink, 
drive, and often end up seriously 
injured or killed. "Dad, may 1 have 
the keys to the car?" is a question 
asked by teenagers every day. And 
every day statistics show a grim 
record of alcohol-related accidents 
among teens. 

Richmond, like many communi- 
ties across the nation, is responding 
to the call for programs to educate 
teenagers in an attempt to prevent 
the alarming increase in alcohol- 
related accidents. 

A program developed to imple- 
ment an experimental curriculum 
for predriving youth recently was 

cosponsored by VCU's School of 
Social Work, Richmond City School 
System's Department of Health and 
Physical Education, and ADAPTS 
(Alcohol, Drug Abuse Prevention, 
and Training Service). The adoles- 
cent drinking and driving preven- 
tion program tested two junior high 
school classes placed in experimen- 
tal and control conditions. The ex- 
perimental subjects, ages 12 to 14, 
attended ten classes of films and 
lectures and two driver simulation 
sessions during regular school 
hours. A middle school teacher or a 
peer counselor from ADAPTS' peer 
counselor program led each class. 

To measure the impact of the cur- 
riculum, the volunteer student par- 
ticipants were given specially de- 
signed knowledge and belief tests 
before and after the program. Stu- 
dents in the experimental group 
showed significant changes in 
knowledge and positive changes in 
beliefs. The control group showed 
no changes in either knowledge or 
belief. An interesting sidelight 
showed that peer-led groups 
seemed to do better than teacher- 
led groups. Researchers, led by Dr. 
David N. Saunders, associate pro- 
fessor of social work, hope other 
agencies will be interested in using 
the curriculum to address the prob- 
lem of adolescent drinking and 

Pooling income 

Alumni have made the difference in 
the MCV Foundation's success, ac- 
cording to David Bagby, executive 
director. While many alumni may 
be interested in contributing to the 
foundation, often they defer mak- 
ing gifts because of a need to retain 
income-producing assets. 

To help resolve this matter, a new 
Pooled Income Fund has been es- 
tablished. According to Bagby, a 
donor can make an immediate gift 
to the foundation without giving up 
current income and will continue to 
receive a good income on all money 
or securities transferred to the 
Pooled Income Fund. Substantial 
tax benefits are also provided to 
encourage gifts to the fund. 

Basically, the fund is a trust main- 
tained and controlled by the MCV 
Foundation. It has been approved 


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bv the Internal Revenue Service 
and the Virginia State Corporation 
Commission. Donors contribute as- 
sets irrevocablv to the fund. Each 
contributor retains income interest 
for his or her life or for the life of a 
beneficiary. The gift is commingled 
and invested with similar gifts 
made by other donors, and the 
commingled funds are invested by 
Capitoline Investment Services 
with United Virginia Bank serving 
as the trustee. 

All income is divided among the 
participants. Essentially, in ex- 
change for a gift, units of the fund 
are allocated. Those units then de- 
termine how much of the fund's net 
income the donor will receive each 
year. It functions much like an in- 
come-oriented mutual fund. In ad- 
dition, the full present value of the 
remainder interest in the fund is 
immediatelv deductible for income 
tax purposes. The amount of re- 
mainder interest depends upon the 
value of the asset transferred to the 
fund and the donor's age. 

For additional information call or 
write Bagby at the MCV Founda- 
tion, Box 234, Richmond, VA 23298- 
0001, (804) 786-0734. 

the years 

A book on the history of the univer- 
sity is being written by Virginius 
Dabney, historian and retired edito- 
rial page editor of the Richmond 

Dabney, the first rector of VCU's 
Board of Visitors, has accepted an 
appointment as university scholar- 
in-residence in connection with his 
research on the book. The scholar- 
in-residence serves VCU's libraries 
through work with the special col- 
lections and archives divisions. 

VCU was formed in 1968 with the 
merger of Richmond Professional 
Institute and the Medical College of 
Virginia. It is now the state's third 
largest state-aided university and 
enrolls more than 20,000 students 
on the Academic and MCV Cam- 

Dabney, who began his research 
three months ago, said that he an- 
ticipates spending the next two to 
three years researching and writing 
the book. 

"I hope a history of VCU will 
promote a feeling of unity on the 
part of the alumni, administration, 
faculty, and students on both cam- 
puses," Dabney said. "VCU is a 
tremendous asset to the city of Rich- 
mond and has elevated this city 
physically, academically, and cul- 

Dabney is author of Mr. Jejfcrson's 
University, The Jefferson Scandals: A 
Rebuttal; Across the Years; Liberalism 
in the South; Belozo the Potomac: A 
Book About the New South; Dry Mes- 
siah: The Life of Bishop Cannon; Vir- 
ginia: The New Dominion; and Rich- 
mond: The Story of a City. His next 
book. The Last Reviezo: The Confeder- 
ate Reunion, Richmond, 1932, is 
scheduled to be published in June. 

Heahh care 
and the elderly 

Two grants totaling $668,000 have 
been awarded the university's De- 
partment of Health Administration 
for the evaluation of experiments 
being conducted on the role of com- 
petition in financing Medicare and 
Medicaid services. 

The experiments involve looking 
for ways to foster competition for 
Medicaid and Medicare patients 
among health care providers, in- 
cluding health plans such as health 
maintenance organizations. 

Dr. Louis Rossiter, associate pro- 
fessor of health administration, is a 
co-investigator of the projects. The 
grants are part of $6 million 
awarded by the federal Health Care 
Financing Administration for evalu- 
ation of the experiments. 

senior citizens 

A College for Seniors Program has 
been established by the Emeriti Fac- 
ulty organization of the university. 

The program will offer a variety of 
topics of interest to older persons. 
The free weekly sessions will be 
held at times and places convenient 
to the participants. 

John Mapp, emeritus professor of 
education, is director of the College 
for Seniors Program. 

More information on the classes 
and how to register mav be ob- 
tained by phoning (804) 786-0342 or 
by wrihng the Division of Continu- 
ing Studies and Public Service, 301 
West Franklin Street, Richmond, 
VA 23284-0001. 

College for Seniors is one of two 
current projects of the Emeriti Fac- 
ulty. The organization is also work- 
ing with University Library Ser- 
vices' Special Collections, where 
three Emeriti Faculty volunteers are 
involved in archiving work. 
Margaretta R. Neumann, professor 
emerita of social work, is the pro- 
ject's chairman. 

Emeriti Faculty are elected by the 
VCU Board of Visitors. They serve 
as a resource group with valuable 
experience and knowledge of the 
institution and its past. They are 
listed in the catalogs, receive vari- 
ous materials from VCU, and are 
invited to parHcipate in special uni- 
versity events. 

Dr. J. Doyle Smith, professor 
emeritus of pharmaceutical chemis- 
try, is chairman of Emeriti Faculty. 


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among minorities 

An Urban Journalism Workshop, 
designed to interest talented high 
school minorities in considering 
newspaper work as careers, will be 
held this summer at Virginia Com- 
monwealth University's School of 
Mass Communications. 

The workshop, part of a national 
program to identify minority high 
school students and encourage 
them to study journalism during 
their college program, is sponsored 
by the Dow Jones Newspaper 
Fund, Inc., of Princeton, N.J., the 
Rtclunond Times- Dispntch, the Rich- 
mond NeiL's Leader and VCU. 

Dr. William H. Turpin, a profes- 
sor in the School of Mass Communi- 
cations, will be workshop director. 
Since 1960 nearly 3,000 minority 
high school students have partici- 
pated in workshops across the na- 

Thomas E. Engleman, executive 
director of the Dow Jones Newspa- 
per Fund, said that minority high 
school students, by working closely 
with professional news people and 
with college journalism instructors 
who have professional experience, 
learn they can achieve a career in 
newspaper journalism. 

Goals of the workshop at VCU 
will be to identify minority high 
school students who have demon- 
strated outstanding abilities in ver- 
bal skills and in writing, to provide 
expert professional direction dur- 
ing the workshop, and to have par- 
ticipants' writing published in a la- 
boratory newspaper. 

To encourage quality writing at 
the various workshops, a national 
Urban Writing Competition will se- 
lect winners for $1,000 college 

The VCU workshop will be held 
on the Academic Campus from 
June 17 to June 29, 1984. 

Planning for the workshop is be- 
ing done by an advisory committee 
comprised of Louise M. Seals, as- 
sistant managing editor of the 
Times-Dispatch, chairman; Monte 
Young and Bonnie Winston, re- 
porters for the Times-Dispatch: Steve 
Clark, columnist, and Gail Kelley, 

reporter, for the Neivs Leader: Tur- 
pin; and George T. Crutchfield, di- 
rector of the School of Mass Com- 

Financing for the workshop will 
be provided by the Dow Jones 
Newspaper Fund, the Times-Dis- 
patch and the Neivs Leader. In addi- 
tion, the two daily newspapers will 
provide staff members to act as in- 
structors, thev will compose and 
publish the laboratory newspaper 
intended to display he workshop 
participants' talents, and they will 
provide other professional assist- 
ance as required. 

Talented minority students will 
be identified by the advisory com- 
mittee through contacts with high 
school teachers and guidance coun- 
selors. All students must have typ- 
ing skills bv the time of the work- 
shop, and must submit an essay on 
the topic, "The Role of the Ameri- 
can Newspaper Journalist." Grade 
transcripts and letters of recom- 

mendation also will be considered 
before personal interviews are ar- 
ranged with finalists in the competi- 
tion. Students will be recruited 
from all public, private, and paro- 
chial high schools in the central Vir- 
ginia area. 

During the workshop partici- 
pants will hear lectures from faculty 
and professionals; study newspa- 
per writing, editing, and layout 
techniques; cover stories on assign- 
ments under supervision; and then 
produce a laboratory newspaper on 
the theme, "The American City: 
Making It Work in the 1980s." 

Crutchfield said that VCU was 
selected as a site for an Urban Jour- 
nalism Workshop for two reasons: 
commitment by the Richmond Times- 
Dispmtch and Nezvs Leader to attract 
talented minorities to the newspa- 
per business and the accompanying 
willingness to finance that commit- 
ment, and the increasing recogni- 
tion of VCU as a national leader in 
journalism education. 


Alumni Update 


Robert J. Walker, Jr. (M.D.) is 
professor of family and community 
medicine at Mercer University 
School of Medicine in Macon, 


Alice D. Dole (nursing) repre- 
sented the university at the inau- 
guration of Helen Popovich as 
president of Florida Atlantic 
University in February. 


J. Henry Wills (Ph.D. graduate 
studies) currently serves as visiting 
professor of pharmacology at the 
Uniformed Services University of 
the Health Sciences. 


Cyril Mirmelstein (dentistry) 
has been awarded a fellowship in 
the American College of Dentists 
for his contributions to the ad- 
vancement of the profession. 


Walter H. Dickey (D.D.S.) is 
president of a group dentistry 
practice in Roanoke, Virginia. 


Randolph M. Jackson (M.D.; 
B.S. pharmacy, 1943) has been 
elected secretary of the American 
Society of Anesthesiologists. 


Philip L. Minor (M.D.) has been 
elected chief of the Division of 
Obstetrics-Cynecology at Rich- 
mond Memorial Hospital. 

Ralph S. Riffenburgh (M.D.) is 
clinical professor of ophthalmology 
at the University of Southern 
California School of Medicine. 


Grace E. Gilkeson (occupational 
therapy) has been selected dean of 
the School of Occupational Ther- 
apy at Texas Women's University 
in Denton, Texas. 


Bertha Yeatts Faust (B.F.A. fine 
arts) received a first place for her 
painting of a cat in the fall Halifax 
County, Virginia, Fair. 


Mary Ann Levesque Aldinger 

(B.S. physical therapy) has reen- 
tered practice in Green Bay, Wis- 

Edgar MacDonald (B.S. social 
science) is serving as a Fulbright 
Senior Lecturer at the State Uni- 
versity of Leningrad in the Soviet 
Union during the spring 1984 
semester. He is a professor of 
English at Randolph-Macon Col- 
lege in Ashland, Virginia. 

David Z. Morgan (M.D.) has left 
his post as associate dean for 
student affairs at West Virginia 
University School of Medicine and 
has assumed a new role as a 
clinical liaison contact to the West 
Virginia medical community. He is 
the school's first "outreach clinical 

Gerald M. Rosenberg (B.S. 
pharmacy) was recently appointed 
president of Peterson Drug Com- 
pany of western New York, a 
chain of 17 drug stores and six 
card and gift shops. 


Jean Godfrey Cook (B.S. occu- 
pational therapy) received the 
National Volunteer Service Cita- 
tion from the Arthritis Foundation. 

Clifton E. Crandell (D.D.S.) was 
recently appointed executive 
associate dean at the University of 
Texas Dental Branch at Houston. 

Guy E. Webb, Jr. (B.S. sociol- 
ogy) has been elected executive 
vice president of American Agency 

Life Insurance Company of At- 
lanta. He will remain senior vice 
president of Life Insurance Com- 
pany of Virginia. 


Edgar C. Hatcher, Jr. (D.D.S) is 
serving as editor of the Jounial of 
the Tennessee Dental Association. He 
was inducted as a fellow of the 
International College of Dentists 
and also holds fellowship in the 
American College and the Aca- 
demy of General Dentistry. 


Marvin J. Bleiberg (Ph.D.) is a 
toxicologist with the U.S. Food 
and Drug Administration. 

Russell D. Evett (M.D) has 
been elected to fellowship in the 
American College of Physicians. A 
specialist in internal medicine for 
20 years in Norfolk, he is associate 
professor of medicine at Eastern 
Virginia Medical School. 

H.E.Kiser, Jr. (D.D.S.) has 
been elected senior director of the 
Southern Society of Orthodontists. 


Benjamin W. Longest, Jr. (B.S. 
pharmacy) is secretary of the 
VPhA. He has worked in indepen- 
dent community pharmacy for 25 
years and has operated the Cardi- 
nal Drug Store in Tappahannock, 
Virginia, for nine years. 

Karl K. Wallace, Jr. (M.D.) has 
been elected vice-speaker of the 
policy-making body of the Ameri- 
can College of Radiology. Wallace 
is chairman of the Department of 
Radiology, Virginia Beach General 
Hospital, and associate professor 
of radiology at Eastern Virginia 
Medical School. 


William T. Wilkins (M.D.), a 
member of the Richmond Society 
of Internal Medicine and past 
president of the Virginia Occupa- 
tional Medical Association, has 
been appointed corporate medical 
director for A. H. Robins 


Alumni Update 


William K. Brown (M.H.A.) has 
been promoted to captain in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve with military 
reserve assignment as administra- 
tive officer/division surgeon for the 
Fourth Marine Division in New 

Kyle Coffey (D.D.S.) is chief of 
dental service at the Harry S. 
Truman Memorial Veterans Hospi- 
tal in Columbia, Missouri, and 
clinical assistant professor of 
surgery (dentistry) at the Univer- 
sity of Missouri-Columbia School 
of Medicine. 

Jack W. Gamble (D.D.S.) of 
Shreveport, Louisiana, recently 
received the American Association 
of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' 
highest honor, the Distinguished 
Service Award. Gamble is clinical 
associate professor. Department of 
Surgery, at Louisiana State Univer- 
sity School of Medicine, and 
visiting professor of oral surgery at 
Louisiana State University School 
of Dentistry in New Orleans. 

Harry D. Simpson, Jr. (D.D.S.) 
is chairman of the Special Commit- 
tee of the Virginia Dental Associa- 
tion on Dentists' Health and 


John M. McCoin (M.S.W.) 
recently published a book titled 
Adult Foster Homes: Their Managers 
and Residents. He is employed as a 
supervisory social worker with the 
Veterans Administration Medical 
Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. 

F. Kenneth Miller (B.S. account- 
ing) has been named business 
manager of the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education in 
Richmond. He formerly worked 
for Phillips Machinery, Inc. as 
controller, corporate secretary, and 

Joseph C. Parker, Jr. (medicine) 
is director of Cole Neurosciences 
Laboratory and a professor at the 
University of Tennessee. He is 
currently conducting research into 
degenerative central nervous 
system diseases. 

Paul Steucke (B.F.A.) has been 
named public affairs officer for the 
Alaskan Region of the Federal 
Aviation Administration. He 
resides in Anchorage. 

Edward A. Zakaib (M.D.) has 
been named associate medical 
director of United Medical Plan of 
Virginia Inc., a health maintenance 
organization opening in Richmond 
this year. 


William S. Harrison (D.D.S.) is 
a captain in the Navy. As staff 
dental officer for Naval Reserve 
Readiness Command, Region Six, 
in Washington, D.C., he acts as 
liaison for all dental reserve 

Marianne R. Rollings (B.S. 
pharmacy) has been elected first 
vice-president and president-elect 
of the Virginia Pharmaceutical 
Association. She has worked in 
community and hospital pharma- 
cies and currently practices at 
Standard Drug Store in Richmond. 

Benjamin J. Stebor III (D.D.S.) 
received mastership through the 
Academy of General Dentistry 
during its 1984 Convocation in 


Frank P. Andrews (B.S. general 
business) is director of office 
services for the Rappahannock 
Electric Cooperative in Fredericks- 
burg, Virginia. 

David Eddleman (M.M. music 
composition) is employed as a 
senior editor with Silver Burdett 
Company. Last year, over 20 of his 
choral works were published. 

Alfred J. Szmuski (Ph.D. physi- 
ology; M.S. physical therapy, 1956; 
B.S. 1951), associate professor in 
the university's Department of 
Physiology and Biophysics, has 
been elected president of the 
American Congress of Rehabilita- 
tion Medicine. 


Shirley Ann MacKenzie (B.S. 
secretarial administration) is office 
manager for a Baltimore law firm 
and legal secretary to the firm's 

Barry F. Scher (B.S. advertising) 
has been appointed chairman of 
the board of the Mid-Atlantic Food 
Dealers Association, a three-state 
trade association representing over 
1,800 food retail and food supply 

Jane White Timma (nursing) is 
employed as a community liaison 
officer at USREP/JECOR headquar- 
ters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

A. Louis Oliver Wilson (B.S. 
nursing) has been appointed 
director of nursing at St. Michael's 
Hospital, a 750-bed University of 
Toronto teaching hospital. 


Robert C. Elliott II (B.S. sociol- 
ogy and social welfare) is in pri- 
vate law practice. 

Barbara Valentine Goodman 

(B.S. health and physical educa- 
tion) is a teacher with the Dinwid- 
dle County School System in 

Daniel A. Herbert (B.S. phar- 
macy) is second vice-president of 
the Virginia Pharmaceutical Asso- 
ciation. A full fellow of the Ameri- 
can College of Apothecaries, he is 
clinical assistant professor of 
pharmacy at the university and 
owns and operates a pharmacy in 

Marsden W. Morse (M.F.A.; 
B.F.A. fine arts, 1964) gave two 
one-person shows last spring in 
Princeton, New Jersey. 

Rudolph O. Shackleford (B.M. 
composition and organ) gave the 
premiere performance of a musical 
composition titled "The Weather of 
Six Mornings" during the fall at 
the Cleveland Museum of Art's 
fourth biennal festival of new 


Alumni Update 



Robert T. Alexander (B.F.A. 
commercial art) is a cartoonist in 
Milwaukee and has joined the staff 
of What's Brewing magazine, a 
publication of the Milwaukee 
Brewers baseball club. 

Ernest A. Jeppsen (intern) 
represented VCU at the inaugura- 
tion of Chase Nebeker Peterson as 
president of the University of Utah 
in the fall. 

Edward J. Kerns, Jr. (B.F.A. fine 
arts) recently had one of his 
collage-paintings donated by a 
private collector to the Corcoran 
Gallery Museum of Art in Wash- 
ington, D.C. He is chairman of the 
art department at Lafayette Col- . 
lege in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

Robert E. Osborn (D.D.S.) has 
been awarded fellowship in the 
American College of Dentists. He 
has served as president of the 
South Carolina Academy of Gen- 
eral Dentistry and written several 
articles in dental literature and a 
reference text on drugs used in 
dental care. 

John I. Steele, Jr. (M.S.W.) 
received a doctorate of philosophy 
in social work from the National 
School of Social Service, the Catho- 
lic University of America. 


James C. Dimitris (resident, 
psychiatry) is a forensic psychia- 
trist at Central State Hospital in 
Petersburg, Virginia. 

Harvey Silverman (dentistry) 
has been elected secretary of the 
medical staff of Decatur Hospital 
in Decatur, Georgia. 

Peter S. Trager (D.D.S.) is in 
private practice in Marietta, 

Sandra Eley Tims (M.M.E. 
music education; B.M.E. 1963) is a 
member of the Charleston, South 
Carolina, Symphony Singers 
Guild. She recently performed 
with the group in Savannah, 

Margaret M. Atkinson (B.S. 
elementary education) is involved 
in a variety of volunteer work in 
the Richmond community. 

R. Nicholas Brown (B.S. jour- 
nalism) has been named adminis- 
trator of the Virginia Department 
of Highways and Transportation's 
Information Services Division. He 
formerly held the position of 
special assignments editor with the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Harold Hauser Weiler (M.D.) 
has completed a fellowship in 
cornea and external disease at 

Lynn McCarthy (M.S. casework) 
represented the university at the 
inauguration of Raymond Malcolm 
Burse as president of Kentucky 
State University in the fall. 

Robert L. Parker, Jr. (B.S. 
business administration) is an 
associate broker and sales manager 
with Winfree H. Slater, Inc. Real- 
tors in Richmond. He recently was 
appointed vice-president of the 
firm and elected a director of the 
Richmond Board of Realtors. 


Nancy Greene Boyer (B.F.A. 
interior design) has been elected 
an associate in the firm of Jova/ 
Daniels/Busby, an architectural, 
planning, and interior design firm. 

Thomas S. Buzby (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public safety) 
has been appointed legislative 
liaison to the state insurance 
commissioner for the Common- 
wealth of Pennsylvania. 

David W. Clements (B.S. adver- 
tising) is head of personnel admin- 
istration in the employee relations 
division for Exxon Company in 
Baytown, Texas. He is responsible 
for compensation, benefits, and 
labor relations. 

Stephen Y. Dickinson (B.S. 
accounting) has been hired as 
director of taxes by Media General 

Raymond H. Herbek (MM. 
composition) is minister of music 
at First Baptist Church in Rich- 
mond. His church bell choir rang 

handbells in the foyer of the White 
House in December. 

William T. Highberger, Jr. (B.S. 
management) has been promoted 
to vice-president of Coca-Cola 
Bottling Company of New 

W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. 
(D.D.S.), a faculty member in the 
university's School of Dentistry 
and a practicing dentist in Rich- 
mond, has been awarded fellow- 
ship in the American College of 
Dentists in recognition of his 
contributions to the advancement 
of the dental profession and 


Lynn Hilton Conyers (B.F.A. art 
education) has been named Art 
Teacher of the Year by the North- 
ern Valley Region of the Virginia 
Art Education Association. She 
teaches at Waynesboro High 

Gary Stuart Hoffman (medicine) 
is an associate professor of clinical 
medicine at Columbia University, 
College of Physicians and 

Michael S. Komarow (M.D.) of 
Kingston, New York, is chairman 
of the Department of Radiology at 
the Kingston Hospital. 

Stephen L. Schlesinger (M.D.) is 
president of the Maui Plastic 
Surgery Corporation in Maui, 
Hawaii. He is also chief of surgery 
at Maui Memorial Hospital, the 
only hospital on Maui. 


Herbert J. Clegg (B.S. distribu- 
tive education) has received the 
1983 Charles B. McFee Award of 
Excellence from the Virginia 
Society of Association Executives. 
The award recognizes his high 
standards and excellence in man- 
agement. Clegg is executive vice- 
president of the Virginia Restau- 
rant Association. 

Steven R. DeLonga (B.S. busi- 
ness adrriinistration) is president of 


Alumni Update 

Ste-Del Service in Fairfax, Virginia. 
He is past president of the North- 
ern Virginia Apartment 

John Milliard (M.M. composi- 
tion) had his work "Menhir" 
performed for the first time by 
trumpeter and conductor Marice 
Stith at Cornell University in the 
fall. Milliard is composer-in- 
residence at Howard Payne Uni- 
versity in Brownwood, Texas. 

Floyd L. Lane, Jr. (B.S. business 
administration) has graduated 
from the Stonier Graduate School 
of Banking at Rutgers University. 

J. Thomas Ryan (M.D.) of 
Fredericksburg, Virginia, has been 
elected president of Pratt Medical 
Center, a 24-person multispecialty 
group. Ryan has also been elected 
chairman of the newly formed 
Department of Family Practice at 
Mary Washington Hospital, a 340- 
bed community hospital. 

Thomas V. Sellars (M.H.A.) is 
chief executive officer for Montana 
State Hospital, a two-campus 
operation formed by the merger of 
the Warm Springs State Hospital 
and the Galen State Hospital in 

Thomas A. Smith (B.S. manage- 
ment) is employed as store man- 
ager of Pleasants Hardware in 
Richmond. He also serves on the 
board of directors of the Hardware 
Association of the Virginias. 

Doris A. Trauner (medicine) is 
associate professor, chief of pedia- 
tric neurology, and acting chair- 
man of the Department of Neuro- 
sciences at the University of 
California, San Diego School of 

James A. Whitten (medicine) is 
practicing internal medicine at 
Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke, 


William E. Bagwell (B.S. busi- 
ness administration) is president of 
Raab and Company, Inc., a real 
estate firm. He is completing final 
r,equirements for designation as 
Certified Property Manager. 

Shayne Racket Evans (B.S. 
history and social science educa- 
tion) is employed as secretary to 
the personnel director of Sandler 
Foods in Virginia Beach. 

John V. Felvey, Jr. (B.S. market- 
ing) has opened a direct marketing 
advertising agency in Richmond. 

Garrett E. Hurt (D.D.S.) is 
serving a second term as president 
of the Board of Directors of the 
Bedford, Virginia, Area Family 
YMCA. Hurt is also a member of 
the Bedford County Board of 

Phillip J. Mayer (junior assistant 
resident, surgery) is head of the 
Spine Surgery Section at 
Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, 

Margaret McGee (B.S. physical 
therapy) is a self-employed physi- 
cal therapist working with clients 
with central nervous system 
damage. McGee also serves as a 
coordinator-instructor in neuro- 
developmental treatment, and 
travels in the U.S. and Canada to 
lecture and provide clinical consul- 
tation for persons working with 
adults and children who have 
cerebral palsy. 

Stuart M. Plotkin (B.S. phar- 
macy) has been promoted to 
product manager in the pharma- 
ceutical division of A. H. Robins 

George C. Stafford, Jr. (B.S. 
chemistry) has been promoted to 
senior scientist in research at 
Finnigan Corporation in San Jose, 
California. He recently received 
three patents in the area of mass 

Johnny B. Smith II (B.S. busi- 
ness administration) has been 
awarded the Accredited Adviser in 
Insurance (AAI) designation by the 
Insurance Institute of America. He 
is an account executive with 
Carpenter Brothers Insurance 
Agency in the Tidewater area. 

Neil E. Stewart (B.S. account- 
ing) is a partner in the Washing- 
ton, D.C., certified public account- 
ing firm of Buchanan and 

Wayne G. Terry (M.H.A.) has 
been serving as deputy project 
hospital director at the North 

Yemen Health Care Project in 
Sadah, Yemen Arab Republic. He 
has been reassigned as deputy 
hospital director at the Armed 
Forces Hospitals, Khamis 
Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. There he 
wUI manage the operations of King 
Faisal Military Hospital, the 
Armed Forces Hospital of the 
Southern Region, and five geo- 
graphically separated outpatient 
specialty clinics in the Khamis 
Mushayt region in Saudi Arabia. 


Edward B. Barlow (B.S. busi- 
ness administration) is president of 
Boxes to Size, Inc. and member of 
the U.S. Small Business Adminis- 
tration's National Advisory 

Richard W. Gregory (B.S. 
business administration; A.S. 
information systems, 1973) has 
been promoted to assistant vice- 
president by the Bank of Virginia 
in Richmond. 

Van S. Hubbard (M.D., Ph.D. 
biochemistry) has been appointed 
nutrition program director of the 
Division of Digestive Diseases and 
Nutrition of the National Institute 
of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Diges- 
tive and Kidney Diseases. 

Karen Ann Kurzawa (B.F.A. 
interior design) is a self-employed 
manufacturers' representative for 
several furnishing companies 
covering the territory of Maryland, 
District of Columbia, and Virginia. 

Christine Leong Leong (B.S. 
nursing) has received an M.A. in 
health care administration from 
Framingham State College. 

Robert G. Martin (B.S. sociol- 
ogy) is a rehabilitation counselor 
with the Virginia Department of 
Corrections' Fluvanna Correctional 
Unit. He is a representative to the 
executive committee of the Vir- 
ginia Counseling Association. 

Maureen McSloy Sugarman 
(B.F.A. interior design) is design 
director for the First National Bank 
of Boston, New England's largest 
bank. She is responsible for the in- 
house design and space planning. 


Alumni Update 

Ann Burnis Williams (M.Ed, 
elementary education) has been 
appointed to the Virginia Commis- 
sion for the Arts. 


Linda Bilotti (B.F.A. communi- 
cation art and design) is owner of 
Linda Bilotti Graphic Design in 
Annandale, Virginia. 

Nancy Q. Fulton (B.M. sacred 
music) is working in the credit 
department with A. H. Robins 
Company. She is attending 
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community 
College and working toward a 
certificate in credit and collections. 

Carille Greenberg (B.S. mass 
communications) is a writer/ 
producer with The TBS Group, 
Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

Jesse L. Harrup (B.S. business 
administration) has been named 
budget director by the Virginia 
Department of Corrections in 

Roger C. Merrill (M.D.) has 
been elected to a second term as 
president of Wicomico County, 
Maryland, Medical Society. 

George H. M. Roper (B.S. 
business administration) has been 
promoted to commercial loan 
officer by Virginia National Bank 
Mortgage Corporation. 

Cathie Baird White (M.Ed.) has 
published an article titled "Practi- 
cal Technology" in Science and 
Children, the journal of the 
National Science Teachers 


Hee Doe Ahn (M.H.A.) is 
instructor and business adminis- 
trator at Yonwei University, Wonju 
Christian Hospital of Wonju 
Medical College, in the Republic of 

Robert H. Brewer (M.D.) is a 
family practice physician with two 
physicians in a partnership at 
Susquehanna Family Health 
Center in Marietta, Pennsylvania. 

Robert Anthony Craig (B.S. 
biology) is studying at Miami Dade 
Community College, Medical 
Center Campus, to become a 
registered respiratory therapist. 

Chauncey W. Crandall IV (B.S. 
sociology and anthropology) is a 
first-year medical resident at Yale 
University's affiliate program in 
Waterbury, Connecticut. 

Linda G. Cupit (M.S. nursing; 
B.S. 1971) is a hospital administra- 
tor for the Department of Obstet- 
rics-Gynecology at Beth Israel 
Medical Center in New York. She 
is also working on her M.B.A. 

Emery Stuart Hite (M.B.A.; B.S. 
management, 1971) is vice-presi- 
dent/secretary with Common- 
wealth Management Systems, Inc., 
a management and information 
systems consulting firm in 

George Ronnie Hogge (M.S. 
accounting; B.S. 1971) has been 
named business unit manager of 
the Reynolds Metals Company's 
aluminum window and door plant 
in Richmond. 

Dale Grubb Jones (B.S. nursing) 
is a technical sales representative 
for Calciter, Inc., a San Diego, 
California based manufacturer and 
distributor, and a subsidiary of 
Intermedical, Inc. 

Scott McCarney (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design) has 
received his M.F.A. from the 
Visual Studies Workshop in Roch- 
ester, New York. He is teaching 
design part-time at the State 
University of New York — Brock- 
port and working as a freelance 
designer. His work has been 
included in several shows 
throughout the state. 


Stephen Balducci (B.S. business 
administration and management) 
is a sales representative with 
Medicine Industries, Inc., a manu- 
facturer and distributor of hospital 
supphes. Last year, he was named 
Rookie Salesman of the Year for 
Medicine Industries. 

Joaime Leslie Bluhm (B.S. 
psychology) recently received the 
Army Achievement Medal. The 
award is made in recognition of 
accomplishment, meritorious 
service, or acts of courage. 

Johannes F. Demmink (B.S. 
marketing) is employed as a 
Virginia territorial manager with 
EBI Medical Systems, Inc. in 

Cynthia Fore (M.H.A.) has 
joined DRI/SysteMetrics, a national 
forecasting and information con- 
sulting firm, as a cost containment 

Eric R. Frykberg (M.D.) is a 
lieutenant commander in the U.S. 
Navy Medical Corps and is board- 
certified in general surgery. He 
recently returned to surgery staff 
at the Naval Hospital in Jackson- 
ville, Florida, after completing a six 
and a half month tour with the 
Amphibious Task Force in Beirut, 

John P. McGrail (M.S. business) 
has been named vice-president for 
finance by the Ohio Knife 

Andrea Cauble Newsome 
(M.H.A.) has been appointed 
director of DeJarnette Center in 
Staunton, Virginia. She previously 
served as assistant director of the 
hospital for children and 

Richard S. Niess (B.S. business 
administration and management) 
is assistant vice-president of Real 
Estate Appraisal Services, Inc. in 

John M. Flunkett (M.A. English/ 
EngUsh education) has been 
promoted to manager of technical 
services in Reynolds Metals' can 

Jeffrey L. Scott (B.S. business 
administration) represented the 
university at the Dickinson School 
of Law Convocation in the fall. 

David W. Walrond (B.S. mass 
communications) is employed as 
district sales manager (Mid-Atlan- 
tic Region) for Civil Engineering 
magazine based in New York City. 
He formerly worked as an account 
executive with Cabell Eanes, Inc., 
a Richmond advertising agency. 


Alumni Update 

David F. Williams (B.S. business 
administration and managen^ent) 
is vice-president of Ambric Testing 
and Engineering Associates in 
Alexandria, Virginia. He is also a 
principal of Nova Associates, P.C., 
a recently formed consulting, 
engineering, and survey firm also 
located in Annandale. 


Edmund Abramovitz (M.H.A.) 
has been appointed director of 
federal governmental affairs and 
assistant director of management 
practices for the New Jersey 
Hospital Association, the trade 
and professional association which 
represents New Jersey's hospitals. 

John D. Brittingham (M.B.A.) 
has been designated a Certified 
Employee Benefit Specialist (CBES) 
by the Internation Foundation of 
Employee Benefit Plans and the 
Wharton School of the University 
of Pennsylvania. 

Deborah G. Clapp (M.D.) has 
joined an established private 
practice in pediatrics in Falls 
Church, Virginia. 

Catherine M. Curley (B.S. 
nursing) is employed by the Xerox 
Corporation as a marketing repre- 
sentative in midtown Manhattan 
and is completing a graduate 
degree in business at Adelphi 

Doug Ellis (B.F.A. communica- 
tion arts and design) is employed 
as creative director with Dimen- 
sional Marketing in Houston. He is 
involved in commercial and indus- 
trial design and photography. 

Elaine C. Fleck (B.F.A. painting 
and printmaking) is studying Zen 
Buddhism and psychoanalysis in 
San Francisco. 

Terry Fleming (B.S. biology; B.S. 
psychology) has been named an 
assistant to one of the two direc- 
tors for the mini-series Space 
adapted from the James Michener 
novel. The project is to be pro- 
duced at Paramount Pictures 
Corporation in the spring and will 
be aired on CBS. 

Carol J. Froelich (M.S.W.) is 
working as a psychiatric social 
worker with the Eastern Maine 
Medical Center in Bangor. 

Melissa Ann Gaulding (B.A. art 
education) is learning labs man- 
ager with the Washington National 
Zoo. She recently presented a 
workshop at the American Associ- 
ation for Zoological Parks and 
Aquariums' annual conference in 
Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Donald L. Gilbert (M.B.A.) has 
been promoted to director of 
poultry research and development 
in A, H. Robins' office of veteri- 
nary medicine. He will be respon- 
sible for research, development, 
and registration of poultry health 

Forrest A. Hall (B.S. general 
science education) is employed as 
a faculty librarian and instructor at 
California State University — 
Dominquez Hills, located in 
Carson, California. 

L. Harrison Hassell (M.D.) has 
completed a fellowship in nephrol- 
ogy at Walter Reed Army Medical 
Center. He has been assigned to 
Tripler Army Medical Center in 
Honolulu, Hawaii, as staff ne- 
phrologist with the Department of 
Internal Medicine. 

Joseph J. Holicky III (M.S. 
business; B.S. psychology, 1977; 
B.S. business administration and 
management, 1976) has been 
promoted to chief of management 
and information systems for the 
Governor's Employment and 
Training Division in Virginia. 

John H. Jones (B.S. business 
administration and management) 
has been elected a branch officer 
by Central Fidelity Bank in 

Stephen Lyons (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design) has 
joined the faculty of the New 
England School of Art and Design 
and is a visiting lecturer at the 
Massachusetts College of Art. 

Jeffrey J. Micelli (B.S. science 
and chemistry) has been awarded 
a fellowship from the University of 
Connecticut Graduate School 
where he is a fourth-year doctoral 
candidate in pharmaceutics. He is 
a member of the American Phar- 

maceutical Association and the 
American Association for the 
Advancement of Sciences. 

Robert J. Newton (B.S. account- 
ing) has been promoted to GS-12 
at the U.S. Army Troop Support 
Agency in Fort Lee, Virginia. He is 
an auditor with the Directorate of 
Resource Management. 

Neil Rosenberg (medicine) is 
completing a pulmonary fellow- 
ship at Cedars Sinai Medical 

Michael Schwartzman (M.D.) of 
Cooperstown, New York, is at- 
tending in medicine for the Mary 
Imogene Bassett Hospital. He also 
is an assistant professor of clinical 
medicine for Columbia University 
College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons, the hospital's affiliated 

Anthony Segreti (Ph.D. biosta- 
tistics) has been promoted to 
senior statistician II in clinical 
statistics with Burroughs Wellcome 

Ben Ivey Wainwright, Jr. (B.S. 
business administration and 
management) has been promoted 
to EDP manager by the First 
National Bank of Richmond. 


Marilyn E. Alley (M.D.) is in 
her second year as a pediatric 
pulmonary-allergy fellow at Duke 
University. She will remain there 
for three years of pulmonary 

Carolyn H. Cromwell (B.S. 
marketing) has been promoted to 
assistant vice-president by the 
Bank of Virginia in Richmond. 

Rosemarie T. Greyson Fleg 
(M.D.) is completing her fellow- 
ship in radiology at Johns Hopkins 
University Hospital. She plans to 
go into private practice in radiol- 
ogy in July. 

Nancy L. Forrest (B.S. nursing) 
is a part-time registered nurse in 
obstetrics for Henrico Doctors' 
Hospital in Richmond. 


Alumni Update 

Brenda G. Gilman (M.Ed, 
counselor education) has been 
named assistant director of coun- 
seling and career planning at 
Randolph-Macon College in 
Ashland, Virginia. 

Patricia Mastorakis Lake (B.S. 
nursing) has earned her M.S. from 
the School of Nursing and is 
teaching at Portsmouth General 
Hospital's School of Nursing. 

James R. Poliquin (M.D.) has 
completed his military obligation 
and is continuing surgical resi- 
dency training at Eastern Virginia 
Graduate School of Medicine. 

Douglas Rogers (B.S. science) 
has completed Air Force pilot 
training. He is stationed at Loring 
Air Force Base, Maine. 

Michael R. Sweeney (B.S. 
biology) received his doctor of 
chiropractice degree from National 
College of Chiropractice in Chi- 
cago and is establishing a practice 
in Vienna, Virginia. 

Russell J. Tatum, Jr. (M.S. 
rehabilitation counseling) has been 
promoted to Mental Health Coun- 
selor III by the South Carolina 
Department of Mental Health, 
Division of Community Services. 

Ronald L. Tillett (B.S. urban 
studies) has been named a legisla- 
tive fiscal analyst by the Appropri- 
ations Committee of the Virginia 
House of Delegates. He formerly 
served as a senior legislative 
analyst with the Virginia Joint 
Legislative Audit and Review 

Barbara L. Walker (M.S.W.) is 
working as a clinical social worker 
on the Gynecology-Oncology 
Service at North Carolina Memo- 
rial Hospital in Chapel Hill. 

Thomas S. Wash (B.S. informa- 
tion systems; A.S., 1977) has been 
named manager/vice-president of 
the newly created system support 
services division of Wheat, First 

William S. White (B.S. phar- 
macy) has been promoted to 
manager of special regulatory 
projects in the research and devel- 
opment division of A. H. Robins 


Gregory L. Duncan (Ph. D. 
clinical psychology; M.S. 1978) has 
accepted a position as adjunct 
assistant professor of psychology 
at East Carolina University in 
Greenville, North Carolina. He is 
chief of psychology at Pitt Memo- 
rial Hospital. 

D. Courtney Griffin (M.S. 
administration of justice and 
public safety; B.S. 1974) has been 
promoted to sergeant by the 
Chesterfield County, Virginia, 
Police Department. 

Cathy Campbell Herndon (M.S. 
art) is employed as an art teacher 
with the Stafford County, Virginia, 
school system. She recently had 
several of her paintings displayed 
at the Center for Creative Arts in 
Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

Starann E. Mason (B.S. nursing) 
recently completed the Air Force's 
medical service officer orientation 
course at Sheppard Air Force Base, 

Greg J. Kerr (B.S. mass com- 
munications) is a sportscaster with 
KULR television in Billings, 

Olan Daly Parr, Jr. (D.D.S.) 
recently received the Army Com- 
mendation Medal at Fort Sam 
Houston, Texas. The award is 
made to honor individuals display- 
ing outstanding achievement or 
meritorious service. 

Susan L Rothfuss (B.S. nursing) 
participated in the evacuation of 
casualties from Beirut, Lebanon, 
after the bombing of U.S. Marine 
Headquarters at Beirut Interna- 
tional Airport. A flight nurse with 
the 435th Tactical Airlift Wing at 
Rhein-Main Air Base, West Ger- 
many, Rothfuss was part of the 

crew that brought wounded U.S. 
service members to hospitals in 
Europe and the continental United 

Wright D. Shields (B.S. biology) 
is completing a six-month resi- 
dency in internal medicine at 
Roanoke Memorial Hospital in 
Roanoke, Virginia. 

Vicky Steinruck (M.B.A.; B.S. 
accounting, 1977) is manager of 
fiscal planning and systems for the 
State Education Assistance Au- 
thority of Virginia. 

David B. Stoots (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public safety) 
has been promoted to account 
representative by Travelers Insur- 
ance Companies in Knoxville. 


Michael Chaney (B.S. mass 
communications) is employed as 
an account executive with Abram- 
son Associates, Inc., an advertis- 
ing agency in Washington, D.C. 

Steven L. Fogel (M.B.A.) has 
been promoted to marketing 
officer by Central Fidelity Banks, 
Inc. in Richmond. 

Randolph Harrison (M.B.A.; 
B.S. health care management, 
1979) is chief financial officer of 
Highsmith Rainey Memorial 
Hospital in Fayetteville, North 

Carrie Parks Kirby (M.F.A. 
crafts) is an assistant professor at 
Alma College in Alma, Michigan. 
She recently received an honorable 
menhon in the Mid-Michigan 
Exhibition at the Midland Center 
for the Arts. 

Elizabeth Leonard (B.S. psychol- 
ogy) recently won the University 
of Richmond School of Law's 
Regional Invitational Negotiation 
competition. A second-year stu- 
dent, she is president of the 
school's Moot Court Board. 
Nancy H. Manson (Ph.D. 
physiology) is assistant professor 
of biology at Agnes Scott College 
in Georgia. 


Alumni Update 

Ann Marie Mongelli-Oliveto 

(B.S. recreation) has been pro- 
moted to conference coordinator at 
Seabrook Island, a private resort 
23 miles south of Charleston, 
South Carolina. She is responsible 
for planning programs and meet- 
ings for groups visiting the island. 


Class Rings 

If you failed to buy a class ring as a 
student, you can now order one. 
Rings for men and women are 
available in a variety of sizes. For 
more information and a price list, 
write for a ring order kit. If you 
graduated before 1968, please 
indicate Medical College of 
Virgmia, if appropriate, when 
ordering a kit. The request should 
be mailed to: 

Alumni Activities Office 
Ring Order Kit 
Virginia Commonwealth 
Richmond, VA 23284 

Deborah J. Plumb (M.D.) is a 
physician with North Shore Uni- 
versity Hospital in New York. In 
June she will begin a fellowship in 
neonatology at Duke University. 

Bruce M. Slough (M.B.A.) has 
been appointed financial industry 
consultant for the Washington, 
D.C., metropolitan area by AT&T 
Information Systems, a communi- 
cations marketing firm. 

Ralph Stanley (B.S. rehabilita- 
tion services) has been promoted 
to director of adinissions by 
Rutledge Business College in 
Richmond. The college enrolls 
approximately 400 students. 

Judith Smyth Stoots (B.S. 
psychology) is employed as an 
administrative assistant by Plasti- 
Line, Inc. in Knoxville. 


Ann C. Easterling (B.S. sociol- 
ogy and anthropology) is currently 
pursuing a master's degree in 
anthropology at George Washing- 
ton University in Washington, 

Ronald L. Glover (B.S. business 
administration and management) 
has been identified for early 
promotion to senior airman in the 
Air Force. He is stationed at 
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. 

Charles William Green (B.S. 
biology and pre-medicine) has 
been promoted to first lieutenant 
in the Army. 

Elizabeth A. Hewett (B.F.A.) 
has completed Army basic training 
at Fort Dix, New Jersey. 

Cheryl Ann Kerner (B.S. mass 
communications) has been hired as 
an information officer by the 
university's School of Education. 
She will be responsible for a 
quarterly newsletter, public rela- 
tions, and conference and work- 
shop planning. 

Lyn Smith Ley (B.S. physical 
therapy) works as supervisor of 
burn/wound care in the Physical 
Therapy Department of University 
Hospital, Augusta, Georgia. 

Dennis L. Oakes (B.S. nursing) 
has completed the Air Force 
indoctrination for medical service 
officers at Sheppard Air Force 
Base, Texas. 

Arthur H. Radford (M.A. public 
administration; B.S. urban studies, 
1975) is employed as a manage- 
ment consultant with Arthur D. 
Little, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He 
is currently working with the 
Federal Aviation Administration's 
Advanced Automation Program. 

Thomas F. Richards (M.S. 
psychology) has been named 
counselor for the Office of Coun- 
seling and Career Services at 
Western Maryland College in 
Westminister, Maryland. 

Peter J. Weimerskirch (M.D.) 
has completed his internship in 
family medicine. Designated a 
naval flight surgeon, he has been 
assigned to the Marine Corps Air 
Station in Beaufort, South 

Richard L. Wilhotte (B.S. biol- 
ogy) has completed Air Force basic 
training and has been assigned to 
Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. 

Linda Marie Tobin (B.S. mass 
communications) has been named 
patient services coordinator with 
the Muscular Dystrophy Associa- 
tion, Central Virginia Chapter. 


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zine, we would like to know so 
that we can avoid duplicate mail- 
ings. Please provide the names of 
both individuals plus the wife's 
maiden name, if appropriate. 


Cynthia J. Biggs (B.F.A. theatre 
education) has completed Army 
basic training at Fort Jackson, 
South Carolina. 

Philip L. Comer (M.H.A.) is an 
administrative specialist at Hu- 
mana Hospital in Daytona Beach, 

Arneyette M. Ellis (B.S. biology) 
is pursuing a Doctor of Optometry 
degree at the Pennsylvania College 
of Optometry in Philadelphia. 

Jacqueline E. Coin (B.S. nurs- 
ing) currently works in the pedia- 
tric intensive care unit for MCV 

B. Anthony Hall (M.U.R.P.) has 
been hired as an economic devel- 
opment planner by the Southside 
Planning District Commission in 
South Hill, Virginia. 

Scott D. McPhee (M.S. occupa- 
tional therapy) has been promoted 
to major in the Army Medical 
Specialist Corps. Currently sta- 
tioned at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he 
is director of the occupational 
therapy and hand evaluation 

Dennis K. Parrish (B.F.A. 
theatre) received a master of arts 
degree from Southwestern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Fort 
Worth, Texas. 

Robert S. Silvers 11 (M.S. 
nursing anesthesiology) is 
professor of microbiology at 
Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, 

Robert P. Stuart (M.S. finance) 
has joined the commodity division 
of Wheat, First Securities in 

John Wirt (M.M. music; B.M. 
apphed music, 1980) is a music 
reviewer with the Richmond Times- 


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